One of my oh-so favorite "PowerToys" that goes back all the way to Windows 95 is Command Prompt Here. This was later changed to Command Window Here for XP’s PowerToys, but did the same thing.

Command Window Here is a very simple right-click context menu option. You right-click a folder, select Command Window Here and a Command Prompt launches exactly in that folder. This is very convenient to have when you’re several folders deep so you don’t have to manually type out where you want to be.

Example location: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc. Some of you out there may be familiar with this because that’s where the HOSTS file is located.

Let’s say I launch Windows Explorer and navigate one folder above that location where etc is in plain view, which would be drivers:

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Open Command Window Here is – get this – built in to Windows 7.

How to get to it?

Hold SHIFT, right-click on the folder you want to be in via a Command Prompt, and…

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And I didn’t even have to download or install any PowerToys.

Want to know what’s even better? It works for any folder – even on shortcuts that point to a folder.

If you’re wondering if you can do the same on Start menu items, yes you can – except there’s one extra step involved. If you SHIFT+right-click a Start menu item, the option present to open the physical folder location is Open File Location. Once Explorer pops up, just go one folder back, then SHIFT+right-click, Open Command Window Here and you’re good to go.