Change Directories Without Typing the Whole Name (Windows NT/2000) Popular

Changing directories at the command prompt can be a hit and miss process when long filenames are involved. This tip let you change directories with ease, not matter how long the directory name.

To change a directory quickly you can use wildcards, for example, to change to the 'C:\Program Files' directory simply type: 

cd c:\prog*

Note: This will work in alphabetical order, therefore if you have two directories named 'c:\dir1' and 'c:\dir2' and you type cd dir*, you will be moved to the 'c:\dir1' directory.

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Last modified: February 2, 1999

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