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Windows 7: Adding "Open Command Prompt" Option


30 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 
Adding "Open Command Prompt" Option

Hey guys,

I know there's a way to add a "Open command window here" when you click ON a folder... but what I'm curious about is if there's a way to do that if you're IN a folder. It never made sense to me, if I want to run a command-line utility like ffmpeg on a file, to have to go up a folder, click that option, then enter the folder again.

Does anybody know if there can be an option like this? To clarify:


This is what I'm referring to. I know MS Office Groove added an option there, so theoretically couldn't there also be one for command prompt? I know if you right-click on the desktop while holding Shift, the option shows up, but ONLY on the desktop.

Any answers would be appreciated.


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30 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hotkeys

PromptHere

It doesn't use the context menu. It's a hotkey.
If you hit the hotkey while you are in a folder with nothing selected, it uses a macro to go up, get the current folder, then go back where you were and open a command prompt. It has to macro up to get the current folder using the clipboard.

Also unlike other Command Prompt Here type utilities, you can select several folders and hit the hotkey. A prompt will open with each as the current directory.
IOW, if you had 3 folders selected you'd get 3 command prompts.

It's free for you to use at your own risk.
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30 Aug 2011   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
Hey guys,

I know there's a way to add a "Open command window here" when you click ON a folder... but what I'm curious about is if there's a way to do that if you're IN a folder. It never made sense to me, if I want to run a command-line utility like ffmpeg on a file, to have to go up a folder, click that option, then enter the folder again.

Does anybody know if there can be an option like this? To clarify:


This is what I'm referring to. I know MS Office Groove added an option there, so theoretically couldn't there also be one for command prompt? I know if you right-click on the desktop while holding Shift, the option shows up, but ONLY on the desktop.

Any answers would be appreciated.
HOLD DOWN THE SHIFT KEY | RIGHT-CLICK ON THE FOLDER |

The option will appear.
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30 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Any idea how to do it without a hotkey? Is it possible?
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30 Aug 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Drfsupercomputer,

You could use the tutorial below to make is so that you do not have to press and hold Shift to see the Open command window here context menu item while right clicking on the folder.

Open Command Window Here - Add or Remove Shift + Right Click

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

I don't think you guys understand my question.

I do not want to have to go up a folder, then click on the folder itself. I want to be able to be inside a folder, say Documents, and click in the open area - same way you would click to paste something, and have it open a command prompt. Not ON the folder.
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30 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
I don't think you guys understand my question.

I do not want to have to go up a folder, then click on the folder itself. I want to be able to be inside a folder, say Documents, and click in the open area - same way you would click to paste something, and have it open a command prompt. Not ON the folder.
No, you don't understand. The program sends keys(macro) to go up and folder, copy the folder to clipboard, then return to the initial location. All you have to do is hit the hotkey with nothing selected in a folder to get a prompt with that folder as the current directory. If you try it then it might be more obvious than reading the description.
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30 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Yeah, I saw your post - I was curious if there was a way to add a right-click option though.
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30 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
Yeah, I saw your post - I was curious if there was a way to add a right-click option though.
The reason I did it the way I did it is Windows will only tell you the name of the folder in context menu if you select the folder and right click it. That's why you don't see them the way you want them. To select the folder you have to be in the containing folder(above the one you want.)

If it was easy to do it the way you describe I would have.
I searched a bunch of the free download sites looking for what you describe. I didn't find it. That's why I wrote the hotkey one instead for my own use.

I seem to remember a right click one that worked in the free space like you describe. But I think it was way back in Win98.
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30 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
I don't think you guys understand my question.

I do not want to have to go up a folder, then click on the folder itself. I want to be able to be inside a folder, say Documents, and click in the open area - same way you would click to paste something, and have it open a command prompt. Not ON the folder.
I don't understand what you don't understand about what we understand!

If you are in Explorer, and have a window open, if you hold-down the Shift key and right-click in a blank area of the list/open space, you get a "Open command window here". Is that not what you want?

Note you can't have anything selected for this to work.
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