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Speedy directory navigation at the Command Prompt in Windows XP

You can save yourself from ever having to type folder names at the Command Prompt simply by using [Tab]. Here's how.

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If you spend time working at the Command Prompt, you know how frustrating it can be to navigate between different folders using the Change Directory (CD) command. For example, if the folder name contains multiple words, you must remember to enclose the name in quotes. And, if there's even one typo in the folder name, you have to start all over. Fortunately, you can use the Command Prompt history feature to easily correct typos without having to type the entire command from scratch.

However, you can save yourself from ever having to type folder names at the Command Prompt simply by using [Tab]. Here's how:

  1. Open a Command Prompt window.
  2. Type CD, press the space bar once, and then press [Tab].

As you continue to press [Tab], Windows XP will display the name of every subfolder contained in the current folder. If the folder name contains multiple words, Windows XP automatically encloses the name in quotes. When you see the folder to which you want to navigate, all you have to do is press [Enter].

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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