Did you know that it's possible to drag and drop any file, not just executables (EXE, BAT, etc.) directly into a DOS window? Open an MS-DOS window, navigate to the file, left click and drag onto the DOS window. Then add desired switches. This method also leaves the command window open so you can see the results or errors that occur.
A faster method is to use this previous tip submitted by Ott Brendon: If you prefer to use the command line for some tasks, you can create a command line shortcut in your mouse's right-click menu that will open the command line window in a specific folder that you select.
For Windows 2000:
- From your file browser, select Tools -> Folder Options, then click on the File Types tab. Scroll down the Registered File Types listing until you get to the one marked "N/A File Folder."
- Select "N/A File Folder" and click on Advanced. In the Edit File Types menu, click New and then, in the "Action" field, type the name you want in the right click menu -- e.g. 'Command.'
- In the "Application used to perform action" field, use the browse button to find cmd.exe and add /k cd%1 to the end of the command line -- e.g. "C:\WINNT\system32\CMD.EXE /k cd %1."
- Click OK and close the related open windows. The next time you are file browsing the hard drive, just right click on any folder, select the new "Command" option and the system should open a new command window to the path you just selected.
For Windows NT 4.0:
- From your file browser, select View -> Folder Options, then click on the File Types tab.
- Scroll down the Registered Files list until you get to the one marked "File Folder."
- Select "File Folder" and click the Edit button, then the New button.
- Follow steps four, five and six as per the Win2k version above.
Just one warning: If you make a mistake in Win2k, you may need to perform a registry edit to remove the dud command you have created. I found it under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directoryshell\Command.
This was first published in October 2003