How to add “Open a command window here” to your right-click menu in Windows 10
In a previous tip, we quickly learned that a lot of folks don’t have “Open a command window here” listed in their right-click context menu. For most you you, you’ll rarely use it. However there times when it can come in really handy – for instance if you want to do a batch renaming of files in a folder.
First of all, if you already have “Show a command window here”, you don’t need it. So right-click any folder that has files in it (Pictures is a good one). Look at your right-click menu. Do you see “Open a command window” here? If not, hold down your shift key and right-click the folder. Do you see it now?
If you see “Open a command window here”…go have yourself a beer or cup of coffee or whatever. You don’t need to read any further. If you see “Open a command windows here when you hold down your shift key and then right click the folder but you want “Open a command window here” to always show, keep keep reading.
If you don’t see “Open a command window here” in your context menu, hold down your shift key and then right-click the folder. You should see it. If you don’t see it or you want “Open a command window here to always show in your right-click menu download this zip file. It contains two REG files. The first one will add a key to the registry that will add “Open command window here” to your right-click menu. The zip file also contains a REG file to remove “Open command window here”, for whatever reason you’d want to to that.
How to use:
Unzip the file, double-click on EnableCommandPromptHereAlways.reg. Click OK to the warnings, When completed you’ll get a message that the information has been entered into your registry. You should immediately be able to right-click any folder and see “Open a command window here”. If you don’t see it restart your computer and you should see it then.
Should you ever want to remove the “Open command window here” from your context menu, double-click on DisableCommandPromptHereAlways.reg
For why you’d ever need such an item in your right-click menu, see our Windows Spotlight tip here.