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In Windows Vista, there are several useful and powerful context-sensitive menu items or right click menu items that are hidden from common view. Among the hidden extra right click menu items include “Open Command Prompt Here” and “Copy as Path”. To reveal and get access to see the extra context-sensitive or right click menu items or menu commands, Windows Vista users just need to press and hold down the Shift key while right clicking on any folder or file.


Open Command Prompt Here is now built-in into Windows Vista operating system, and is previously available to Windows XP users as an additional Windows XP PowerToys add-on. When a user clicks on Open Command Prompt Here while right clicking on a folder, a command prompt window will open with the current working directory automatically set to the folder’s actual location, instead of the default directory set by Windows’ environment variable. If the target folder which command prompt will change the working directory to is a network location or network folder, Windows Vista will silently map a network drive to that location before opening the folder to make sure that the command prompt opened has a valid path containing a drive letter, and will automatically delete the network drive mapping when the command prompt is closed.


Open Command Prompt Here functionality is especially useful for programmers or developers who are always switching between Windows desktop explorer and command shell prompt at specific path, especially a very deep directory hierarchy, to access certain scripts or execute or build from command line. The Open Command Prompt Here eliminates the need to manually traverse the directories or folders with lots of “CD” commands.


You can also use registry hack to open “elevated command window here as administrator“.


Copy as Path is another useful hidden right click menu option that will retrieve and copy the full path to certain file or directories to clipboard memory.

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