How to Change Directories in Command Prompt

The Command Prompt is a replica the traditional DOS system and enables you to sift through your computer files or folders. You can key in “CD” Command to do this. “CD” is shorthand for Change Directory. To swap directories in the Command Prompt, depends on what you want to do. If you want to move up a level, type “cd”, to move down use “cd dirName” and to peer into the current directory, input “dir”. To navigate to a specific directoty, copy the whole path, like cd c:\ligo\bin. To swap directories, follow the steps below.

Launching Command Prompt

You can launch the command prompt line by clicking on the “Start” icon and inputting “cmd” into the search space at the bottom-end of the computer screen. Alternatively, you can enter “cmd” in the Run space or look for it in the Accessories or System Tools folder under the Start menu bar. Users of Windows 8 should hold key + X fast to click on Command Prompt displayed on the menu.

Moving In-Between Folders

To shuffle through folders in the Command Prompt, type “cd windows” to navigate from C:\> prompt to the Windows folder and key in the “Enter” key. The prompt should display “C:\WINDOWS>” designating you’re in the Windows folder on your 'C:\' drive. Type “DIR” to pop up an anthology of the stored files in the folder. You can oscillate back and forth, from the parent folder to the current drive folder by typing “cd”. This will swing you back to C:\> prompt.

Changing Drives

However, you can still scroll through multiple directories simultaneously by feeding the full path once you type “CD” command. An example is when you want to access the C:\windows\file.x\drivers folder. The most straightforward approach would be to key-“cd C:\windows\file.x\drivers folder. That command directly unearths the folder you’re foraging. This will require changing drives, a different process from tweaking folders. Rather than type “CD” command, just hit the drive letter “d”. When you input the drive’s letter, the command line navigates automatically to the most recent visit in the drive. Your “CD” command line will land you up to an identified folder in the newly-launched drive.

Golden Tips on Navigation Commands

Verse yourself with the operation of navigation commands. There are notable commands to steering command prompt lines. A firm grasp of these basics will enable you to scour through multiple directories concurrently. To execute any command, always hit the Enter key. dir This command prompt will throw up all files or folders in the drive you’re currently at. cd folder This command automatically shifts to the directory or folder specified. Cd This command will elevate you past one folder from your current onecd path This command line will land you up to a designated path, but you must enter the full path lest you’ll end up the with an error. cd The pathway toC:\Users\ driveletter This command navigates you directly to the directory letter specified. If you specify drive CD/ DVD with D there must be a disc.