Since the first day I’ve got Windows 7 installed on my machine, everyday I learn something new.  Sometimes though, I also learn that things that I used to be able to do, with Windows XP or Vista, don’t work in Windows 7 anymore.  More often than not this is due to incompatibility, which usually prompts me to scramble to the Internet to find an alternative solution.

One of this thing that I used to do a lot, is having the convenient to open the Command Window by just right-clicking a folder in Explorer.  This functionality will open the Command Window and will set the path of the command prompt to the path of the folder I am right-clicking on.  It’s a major time-saving for people who use command prompt a lot.  You can of course open the Command Window from the start menu and navigate to the intended path yourself, but this process is tedious and if want to go to a folder several layers deep, it starts to become a hindrance.

This functionality didn’t come as default though, you need to download one of the component of what’s called Microsoft Power Toys.  It’s a collection of small tools created by Microsoft, and one of this tool is the ‘Open Command Window Here’ context menu integration.

Guess what?  It doesn’t work in Windows 7 :)  Which really annoyed me at first.  But after a few search in Google I found the answer.  It turns out that Microsoft has included this functionality in Windows 7 itself!  That’s excellent!  The only thing is, the functionality is not immediately becoming apparent in day to day usage of the system, since a normal right-clicking on a folder in Explorer doesn’t show this functionality.

Here is what you need to do to access this tool:

To show the ‘Open Command Window Here’ context menu in Windows Explorer you need to do ‘Shift + Right-Click’ :)  And you will see the option among other context menu items.  Thanks Microsoft! Sometimes you do make people’s life easier :)

Open Command Window Here Context Menu in Windows 7

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  1. Aditya Pratana
    October 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Great tips, i’m so gonna use this function from now on :) thanks Chris!

  2. alex
    November 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    great tip. Thanks for posting.

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