Tip of the Day: Quick CMD Prompt

    Today’s tip…

    With all the command line tools that I have, I’m always needing to spawn a CMD prompt to do this or that, and it always seems that I’m in Windows Explorer at the time. So in Windows 8, my new favorite way to open a CMD prompt is built into Explorer.

    1. Click on File
    2. Highlight Open command prompt
    3. Select the option you want (I do everything in an administrator prompt)


    It opens up a CMD prompt at the location where Explorer had open. You can also use this method to open up Windows PowerShell.

Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice! I’ve been using Windows Key + X + A, this might replace that in a lot of areas.

  2. Great tip for Windows 8+ machines!

    Don't forget about CTRL + SHIFT to open a standard command prompt within explorer. You can also add the Open CMD as an Administrator option to the right click context menu. Here are the steps: