Open A File Browser From The Command Prompt

Even if you're a command-line devotee, sometimes it's just way easier to use the mouse and a GUI to navigate to the file than to type out a long path name. This clever trick will pull up a file browser on demand.

Certainly we're not the only ones who, while staring at the command prompt, realised that the file we wanted to access was 87 long keystrokes away as navigated by the prompt. As much as we love some powerful command-prompt action, sometimes it's so much easier to just break out of the command prompt and mouse your way to an out-of-the-way file.

Over at How-To Geek they've shared a post highlighting how you can break out of the command prompt and into an explorer pane in Windows, Mac and Linux. Windows users, for example can type explorer . at the prompt — as seen in the screenshot above — to open a Windows explorer pane. Check out the link below for more information on Mac and Linux systems.

Have a favourite command line trick? Let's hear about it in the comments.

Open a File Browser From Your Current Command Prompt/Terminal Directory [How-To Geek]


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