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How to Open a File CMD Windows 10 in 2 Steps
Step 1 – Open Command Prompt
You have several ways to open Command Prompt in Windows 10.
You can press Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open Windows Run dialog. Then type cmd in the Run box. If you want to run Command Prompt as Administrator, you need to press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys at the same time.
Alternatively, you can also click Start or Search box in Windows 10, and type cmd or command prompt. Right-click the Command Prompt app in the list and choose Run as administrator.
Step 2 – Open Files from Command Prompt
Normally you have two ways to open a file using cmd. One is to move the folder that the file is in, the other is to open the files directly in Command Prompt.
Method 1. How to open a file with cmd by moving to the folder firstly
- You can use the cd command to move to the exact folder the file lies in. For instance, cd C:\Users\mini\Desktop.
- After you are in the correct folder path, you can type the name of the file with its extension, e.g. “travel.png”, and hit Enter button to open it.
Method 2. How to open a file using cmd directly
You can also choose to open files from Command Prompt on Windows 10 directly, instead of going to the folder path. You can input the full path, file name and its file extension to open the target file, e.g. “C:\Users\mini\Desktop\travel.png”.
You can also freely specify an app to open the file. You need to type the whole path of the app ahead of the path of the file, for example, "%windir%\system32\mspaint.exe" "C:\Users\mini\Desktop\travel.png". Press Enter to open the file using CMD.
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How to Open a Folder in Command Prompt Windows 10
You can also open a folder from Command Prompt with the command line below.
After you enter into Command Prompt window by following the operation above, you can open a folder in File Explorer in Command Prompt. The command line can be like this, start %windir%\explorer.exe “C:\Users\mini\Desktop”.
Tip: Need to mention that you need to enclose the path of a file or folder in double quotation marks, since some folder or files names have spaces in them.
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