Entering long file / directory names into Command Prompt quickly…

It’s amazing how few people know this. If you need to enter a long file or directory name into command prompt, you can press the tab button and command prompt will cycle through all the files and folders below the current directory.

Better still, if you start typing in the file that you need, then press tab, the field will generally autopopulate closer to what you need. 

I’ve tested this on XPSP3, Vista and Windows 7. While it ran straight off the bat in all three systems, you may get issues initially with XP. Microsoft have put a knowledgebase article up which you can find below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310530

So there you are – a solution to the frustration that incorrectly typing long file names can cause.

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One Response to Entering long file / directory names into Command Prompt quickly…

  1. James G says:

    Linux folks would try this without thinking 😉 I don’t use Linux much, but I use tab a lot, and get annoyed if I’m using an old system at work that doesn’t support it!

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