marți, 14 februarie 2012

Add Command Prompt Shortcut to Windows Explorer Context Menu

I always seem to be needing a command prompt and right clicking on a directory and opening a command prompt with the path already set to that directory is very handy. The contents of this post may also be found on various sites on the internet and I am only writing it here specially for me to remember it in the future, when I reinstall Windows :). I have found this post which goes through a seemingly exhaustive process of describing all methods to add the shortcut to the command prompt in the context menu: I personally prefer manually creating a key in the Windows registry, under [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell]. To make it easier, I have exported the keys and all you need to do is create a new file, say with Notepad and assign it a .reg extension (not .reg.txt ) and copy the following lines in the new file and double-click it.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\Command Prompt] @="Command Prompt" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\Command Prompt\command] @="cmd.exe /k pushd %1"
Otherwise, open the registry editor and browse to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell]. Expand this key and create a new key named Command Prompt. Under the newly created Command Prompt create a new key and name it command. Double click the Default entry under command and assign it the value:
cmd.exe /k pushd %1
And that will do the trick. Hopefully, next time I'll remember...

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