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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

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09/08/04: Open A Command Prompt Here

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From === More news from Planet DOS 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 column 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. Done! >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 ! Click 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. Have FUN! DearWebby
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