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Beginners Guides: Windows Command Prompt

Beginners Guides: Windows Command Prompt - PCSTATS
Abstract: Back in the heyday of text-based operating systems like Unix and DOS, the command prompt was the operating system.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Mar 05 2011   Mike Dowler  
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Moving Between Folders

To navigate between folders in the command prompt, you can use the 'CD' command. 'CD' stands for 'Change Directory' and it works as you'd think it would. To get to the 'windows' folder from the C:\> prompt;

type: cd windows

Then, hit the enter key. Your prompt will now read 'C:\WINDOWS>' indicating you are in the 'windows' folder on the 'C:\' drive. Typing 'DIR' now will get you a list of the files in the windows folder.

To go 'back' to the parent folder or drive of the folder you are currently in;

type: cd..

This will return you to the C:\> prompt.

Note that you can navigate multiple directories at a time by typing in the full path after the 'CD' command. Let's say you wanted to reach the C:\windows\system32\drivers folder. The easiest way to do this from the C:\> prompt would be to;

type: cd windows\system32\drivers

That command will navigate directly to the folder you are trying to reach. This brings us to changing drives, which is handled differently from changing folders. Instead of using the 'CD' command, you can simply type the drive letter like this;

type: d:

By typing the drive letter you automatically move to your most recent location in that drive. Now use the 'CD' command to navigate to the desired folder on the new drive.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Windows Command Prompt
 Pg 2.  Part 1: Entering and using the Windows XP command prompt
 Pg 3.  — Moving Between Folders
 Pg 4.  Switches and Command Help
 Pg 5.  Creating and Deleting Folders and Files
 Pg 6.  Command Redirectors
 Pg 7.  More Handy CMD Commands
 Pg 8.  All About IPConfig
 Pg 9.  Tree and Netstat
 Pg 10.  Tasklist and SystemInfo

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