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At the cmd command prompt, this command will take me to my home directory:

cd %UserProfile%

At the PowerShell command prompt, the same command produces this error:

Set-Location : Cannot find path 'C:\%UserProfile%' because it does not exist.
At line:1 char:3
+ cd <<<<  %UserProfile%
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (C:\%UserProfile%:String) [Set-Location], ItemNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.SetLocationCommand

What is the equivalent command in PowerShell?

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

You can get to your home dir with:

cd $home

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As an add-on to this answer, %UserProfile% does not literally translate to $home, and, instead, you should use the $env:UserProfile variable. – SpellingD Jul 19 '12 at 15:57

This shorthand is one of my favorites:

cd ~

You can also do:

cd ~\Deskt 

(Hit the Tab key to auto-complete, it works nicely when you are buried in some deep directory and need to copy something to Desktop or somewhere in your $HOME)

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Nice, somehow I didn't know you could use ~ in PowerShell! – Nate Barbettini Dec 1 '15 at 0:52

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