How to Open CMD or PowerShell in Current Folder in Windows

Sometimes, we need to open CMD or PowerShell in the current folder. Usually, people open Command Prompt or PowerShell from the Start menu. And then, browse to the desired location using cd (change directory) command. But this is a lengthy process and nobody wants to do this every time.

In earlier builds of Windows 10, you could easily start Command Prompt in a specific location directly from the File menu in Windows Explorer. But in newer builds, PowerShell has replaced the Command Prompt in the File menu, context menu, and alternate Start menu.

In Windows 11, there is no ‘File Menu’. So, you can’t open CMD or PowerShell from there. However, you can easily use the right-click context menu to open Windows Terminal in the current folder.

SEE ALSO: How to Set up Windows Terminal to open Command Prompt by Default?

Open CMD or PowerShell in the Current Folder in Windows 10 and 11

Besides Windows 10, you can also open the command prompt in Windows 7 and XP using a simple trick. So, in this tutorial, we will explain the process for Windows 7 along with Windows 10. Let’s see the process for Windows 10 first. We will show you simple tricks to achieve the task.

Method 1: Start CMD or PowerShell in the Current Folder from Address Bar (Windows 10 and 11)

In Windows 10 or 11, go to the folder where you want to open Command Prompt. Then, type cmd in the address bar and press Enter. The command prompt will open in the current folder path.

Type CMD in address bar and press Enter
Type Cmd In Address Bar To Open Cmd In Current Folder

NOTE: You can also open PowerShell in the current folder using this trick. Simply type powershell in the address bar and press Enter.


SEE ALSO: How to Uninstall Programs using Command Prompt in Windows 10?

Method 2: Open PowerShell or CMD in the Current folder from File Menu (Windows 10 only)

The second trick uses Windows Explorer’s menu. Click on File from the menu bar and hover over Open Windows PowerShell. Then select Open Windows PowerShell or Open Windows PowerShell as administrator. This will open PowerShell in the current folder.

Open Powershell In Current Folder From File Menu
Open PowerShell in the current folder from File Menu

After opening PowerShell, you can type cmd and press Enter to start Command Prompt in the current location. Since Windows 11 doesn’t have the File menu, so, you can’t use this method in Windows 11.

Type Cmd Command In Powershell To Start Command Prompt In Current Location
Type cmd command in PowerShell to start Command Prompt in Current folder

SEE ALSO: 10 Cool Command Prompt Tricks for You.

Method 3: Start PowerShell and CMD from Right-click Context Menu (Windows 10 and 11)

You can also open PowerShell in the current directory from right-click context menu in Windows 10 and 11.

Windows 10

Simply press & hold the Shift key and right-click in the blank space. Then select “Open PowerShell window here” from the context menu. This will open PowerShell at the current path.

Press And Hold Shift Key And Right Click On Blank Space Then Select Open Powershell Window Here
Press & hold the Shift key and select ‘Open PowerShell window here‘ from right-click menu

After that, you can type cmd and press Enter to start CMD in the same path/location.

Start Command Prompt from PowerShell
Type Cmd Command In Powershell To Start Command Prompt In Current Location

Windows 11

In Windows 11, simply right-click in the blank space and select “Open in the Windows Terminal“. This will open Windows Terminal at the current folder’s path.

Right Click In The Blank Space And Select Open In Windows Terminal
Right-click in the blank space and select “Open in Windows Terminal”

By default, Windows Terminal opens with PowerShell. However, you can set it up to open Command Prompt by default or type cmd and press Enter.

Windows Terminal Open In Current Folder
Windows Terminal open in the current folder

SEE ALSO: Try the New Alt+TAB Switcher in Windows 11.


Start Command Prompt in Current folder in Windows 7 or XP

In Windows XP and 7, there is no option to start CMD in the current folder from the File menu. So, you can use the address bar and right-click context menu tricks to start CMD in the current folder. Here we are explaining the context menu trick only.

Step 1: Start CMD via Context Menu in Windows 7

Press & hold Shift-Key and right-click anywhere in the blank space. Right-click context menu will pop up and you will see the “Open Command window here” option in this context menu. Click on “Open command window here” to open Command Prompt in that folder.

Hold Shift And Right Click In Blank Space Then Select Open Command Window Here In Windows 7
Hold Shift & Right-click in the blank space. Then select “Open Command window here”

You can check the path in the command window.

Command Prompt In Current Folder In Windows 7
Command Prompt in the current folder in Windows 7

SEE ALSO: How to Create Bulk Users in Active Directory using PowerShell?


Launch CMD or PowerShell in the Current Directory with Ease

Now you see, it’s quite easy to open the command prompt window in the current folder. These tricks come really handy when you need to launch CMD or PowerShell in the current directory multiple times. The Shift-Key trick works for all versions of Windows while the Explorer menu option is available in Windows 8 and Windows 10 only. And as mentioned earlier, in newer builds of Windows 10, PowerShell has replaced the Command Prompt. So, you will have to type cmd in the PowerShell window to start Command prompt. Similarly, Windows 11 has also changed the process a bit but it is still very easy.

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