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I have a path like this: Y:\xxx\dd sss\aaa\ccc

Y:\ is mapped to an FTP address. Now when I try to use start to open my folder I cannot. Command prompt makes mistake and goes to Y:\xxx\dd folder!

I already tried to use %20 instead of a space, but also unsuccessful.

I run this using a batch file from an Oracle form.

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Not exactly sure what you're trying to do. Maybe C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e,"Y:\xxx\dd sss\aaa\ccc". – martineau Jan 30 '11 at 13:39
You scan change to the folder and the drive at the same time at a cmd prompt with cd /D "Y:\xxx\dd sss\aaa\ccc". – martineau Jan 30 '11 at 13:54
up vote 20 down vote accepted

Use quotes like this:

start "" "Y:\foo bar\baz"

The start builtin command can be used to create new console windows, if you give it a console-based program (or nothing at all, in which case it starts the default cmd.exe shell).

If the first argument is quoted, start assumes it's the title for the new console window, so give it an empty title. The following argument will then be correctly interpreted as the command to run / file to open.

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OW, Now I need to go back home,tomorrow I will try and inform u,But I guess it will work because I saw it some where else.Thanks – rima Jan 30 '11 at 13:57
Thanks I check it in home it works fine – rima Jan 30 '11 at 16:05
thanks for the note about the empty quote! Now I finally understand why sometimes a console window opens instead of an Explorer window. :) – Synetech Feb 20 '11 at 5:59
@grawity +1, you save my day – Alessandro Jacopson Sep 25 '12 at 12:29

Put it in quotation marks like so:

start "" "Y:\xxx\dd sss\aaa\ccc"
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it's not working -- by run like this just a window of CMD just showing to me... :( – rima Jan 30 '11 at 13:15
Remove the start. – martineau Jan 30 '11 at 13:29
Also try "Y:\\xxx\\dd sss\\aaa\\ccc". – martineau Jan 30 '11 at 13:32
Error: The file name ,directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect – rima Jan 30 '11 at 13:38
@rima, does the thing you want actually work for any other path without spaces? – Arjan Jan 30 '11 at 13:39

Put the part with the spaces into quotation marks, eg.:

C:\path\"to something"\file

Your welcome.

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Wrong answer bro... – rima Jan 30 '11 at 16:05

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