Open Command Prompt Here Feature in Vista

There is a very handy PowerToy for Windows which allows you to right-click any directory in the File Explorer and an option to “Open Command Window Here” would show up in the contextual menu. This option would allow you to open up a command prompt window with the directory already set to the directory you right-clicked on.

This feature is built into Windows Vista and can be activated by right-clicking on a directory name while holding down the shift key. When you do this, the contextual menu option “Open Command Window Here” will appear.

Vista – Open Command Prompt Here Menu Option

In Windows XP you could install an enhancement (Power Toy) which would display a menu option named “Open Command Window Here” whenever you right-clicked on a folder icon. This would allow you to launch a shell already changed to the folder you right-clicked on. This feature is built into Vista. Just hold down the SHIFT key while right-clicking on a folder icon and you will see the menu option “Open Command Window Here”.