How to Open Command Prompt from any folder in Windows 10

Microsoft is trying, slowly but steadily, to remove the old Windows 10 command prompt in order to push its PowerShell framework containing a shell and support for running scripts. PowerShell is tightly integrated with the .NET Framework and allows you to run scripts to automate various tasks. PowerShell not only works on Windows but also on Mac OS and Linux.

In the latest version of Windows 10, Microsoft has removed the most useful shortcuts to start the command prompt window in the Administrator menu (Win + X),  from the File Explorer menu bar, and from the file explorer context menu. In fact, it has been replaced by PowerShell shortcuts.

Although PowerShell is a treasure trove of tools and features that system administrators love so much, sometimes you need to use the good old command prompt window. And here is the fastest way to open the command prompt window from any Windows 10 folder without making changes to the registry or any other configuration:

How to open command prompt and use the context menu:

To open a command prompt window in folder, hold the shift button down, and right-click to open the context menu. You will see “Open command window here” option Clicking on it will open the CMD window in your working folder.

Opening through the location:

1.    First, open the folder in which you want to open the command prompt window.

2.    Hold Alt and Press D (Alt+D hotkey), this will make the selection in the location bar of the file explorer

3.    Now type cmd in the location bar of the file explorer and press enter.

4.    And here it is! We have successfully opened Command Prompt in the desired folder.

It is similar to using the Open Command command option in the File Explorer of previous versions of Windows 10. It is not necessary to change the registry settings, replace or copy files, or remove PowerShell. You can continue using your Windows 10 computer with the new configuration of the latest version of Windows 10 and still be able to start a command prompt from the desired folder. Hope this helps.

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