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09/08/04: Open A Command Prompt Here
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If your folders are arranged with a bit of forethought,
instead of the dumb puppy default style, it's easy to
"go there" (change the prompt to be in the folder where
you want to work).
However, if you use the default settings, then your
pictures might be 7 or 17 levels deep down in confusion.
Typing the CD (change directories) parameters without a
single typo can be a challenge and a nuisance.
Since it is easy to find a directory (the wussie name for
that is "folder") with the file explorer or the Search, it
would be nice to use those for finding the location and
just open a command prompt there.
Luckily it is fairly easy to patch Windows and make that
possible. This little power-tool will become so handy for
you that it will be a good idea to print this part and
store it with your system CDs because you will definitely
not want to do without it, once you have gotten used to it.
You only have to do this patch once, well, once per machine.
Once you have put this patch in, you will have an additional
menu option when you right-click. That new menu option
will be: Open a Command Prompt Here
Open the File Explorer
Select "Tools" -> "Folder Options" -> "File Types"
Sort the registered file types by name by clicking the 2nd
Find and select the file type "Folder"
Press the "Advanced" button, and a new window pops up
Press the "New..." button, and a new window pops up
Set the action to be :
Open a Command Prompt Here
Set the application to be :
cmd.exe /k "cd %L"
Press Ok to save the newly added entry.
>From now on, when you right click a directory, you see the
option to open a command prompt right there.
Now, let's practice the stuff from yesterday.
Find the directory where your pictures are.
Highlight it and then right-click
You will see the new option that you have patched in.
Be proud of it !
You will have a command prompt showing the directory
that you had selected.
type DIR (or dir) to see the directory listing.
type dir /o:e to see the listing ordered by Extension
type dir *.gif to see only the GIF files
type dir *.jpg to see only the JPG files
type dir *.jpg > jpglist.txt
The arrow and the destination will redirect the results
into that destination file. You can open that with a
spreadsheet or word processor.
There will be more news from planet DOS tomorrow.
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