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Page Revision: Mon, Nov 23, 2009, 10:21 AM


Overview

It’s handy to have an entry in the Windows Explorer context menu which will enable you to open a Command Window and automatically navigate to that folder. Here's how to create a Command Prompt entry on the context menus for both folders and drives. Similarly, this procedure will also add a VS Command Prompt entry (not shown in the screen shot below).

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Procedure

  • Copy the following text into a text file and save it as C:\Data\VSCMD.BAT.

{copytext|vscmd}
%comspec% /k ""C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\vcvarsall.bat"" x86
cmd.exe /k cd /d "%1"

  • Copy the following text into a text file and save it with a .REG file extension.

{copytext|registry}
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd]
@="Command &Prompt"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd\command]
@="cmd.exe /k \"cd %L\""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\cmd]
@="Command &Prompt"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\cmd\command]
@="cmd.exe /k \"cd %L\""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\vscmd]
@="&VS Command Prompt"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\vscmd\command]
@="C:\\Data\\vscmd.bat \"%1\""

  • Double-click the newly-created REG file to merge it into the Windows Registry. You should see the commands in the shortcut menu without having to reboot.

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