Vista command line tips

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 Feb. 2007 / Last Updated on 20 Feb. 2007]

Two tips for using the command line in Vista.

When browsing through your folders using Explorer, you may sometimes want to open a command line window that has your selected folder as its current directory. Vista makes this easy, just right-click on the folder while holding down the Shift key and you'll see a new option called Open Command Prompt Here. This can save you a lot of typing (changing directories) if you work a lot with the command line in Windows, and it’s a welcome addition in Vista.

Here's another Vista command-line trick. Right-click on a file or folder in Explorer while holding down the Shift key and select Copy As Path. Then switch to your command prompt window and select Edit then Paste from the menu, and the path of the file or folder you selected will be displayed with quotes around it.


Mitch Tulloch is President of MTIT Enterprises, an IT content development company based in Winnipeg, Canada. Prior to starting his own company in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Productivity Point International. Mitch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking and security and has written 14 books and over a hundred articles on various topics. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch is also a professor at Jones International University (JIU) where he teaches graduate-level courses in Information Security Management (ISM) for their Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. For more information see

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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