Reader Kevin used his ubergeeky AutoHotkey scripting skills to create a hotkey that opens a command prompt window at the same location as the folder you are browsing in Windows Explorer.
To use the script, you simply hit the Ctrl+Alt+H shortcut key sequence while looking at a folder in Windows Explorer and a new command prompt window will open, already set to the same working directory. We've already covered how to open a command prompt window from the context menu, but this method is even simpler.
To create this hotkey for yourself, create a new AutoHotkey script or add the following to your existing script:
#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass ; for use in explorer. ^!h:: ClipSaved := ClipboardAll Send !d Sleep 10 Send ^c Run, cmd /K "cd `"%clipboard%`"" Clipboard := ClipSaved ClipSaved = return #IfWinActive
Once you've added, saved, and launched the script, you should be able to start using the hotkey immediately. Thanks, Kevin!
For more Windows shortcut goodness, check out how to make Win+E open the folder of your choice, learn how to use Caps Lock for hand-friendly navigation, and see how Taskbar Overlord tweaks the Windows 7 taskbar. Brand new to AutoHotKey and its time-saving ways? Peek at our beginner's guide to learn how to add this script, or write your own.