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 :)