The “Open Command Window Here” power toy for Windows XP is an excellent tool that I use all the time. I run Windows 2000 at work, however, so I don’t have access to this excellent computer aid. But I recently found this article, which discusses how to add the feature to any flavor of Windows. Method number 3 was my preferred choice, and I will reproduce the steps I took below.
- In Windows Explorer, open the Tools » Folder Options menu item.
- Select the File Types tab.
- Press the letter ‘n’ on your keyboard to scroll to the N/A section.
- Select the entry labeled Folder.
- Click the Advanced button.
- Click the New button.
- In the action field, type “Command Prompt” (without the quotes).
- In the application field, type “cmd.exe” (without the quotes).
- Save all your changes (click OK on each dialog) and exit the Folder Options dialog.
Once you perform the above steps, you’ll be able to right click a folder and select the “Command Prompt” menu item to open a command window. How cool is that?