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How can i prevent Windows explorer from opening my internet browser when I mistype something in the address bar?

For example, I often type Alt+d, cmd to quickly select the address bar and open cmd.exe in the current directory.

However, I often mistype, and hit cdm instead of cmd. This will open my default browser and search for cdm, and I deeply hate this. Sure, it only takes a couple seconds to go back, but that doesn't keep me from hating it.

I'm not interested in making links of my commonly mis-typed programs (which I have actually done already), e.g. create a link of cdm.exe that points to cmd.exe. I just want to turn this feature off, if possible.

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@techie007 I'm not sure how you found that question, but I agree. Definitely duplicates. – Cody Piersall Mar 7 '14 at 17:38
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You can't turn it off.

But you can enter command prompt by pressing Win+r and typing cmd.

There it doesn't open a website if you type it, just an error message.

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The only problem with Windows + R is that it doesn't open cmd in the current working directory. If you can provide a link that says it can't be turned off, I'll accept this answer. Also, +1. – Cody Piersall Mar 7 '14 at 17:37 so you see it uses/is the WindowsShell which has a built-in function to open urls (the same which is used by the Internet Explorer) - Maybe it works if you uninstall Internet Explorer and use Chrome or Firefox (but no garantie on proper working Windows without IE) – konqui Mar 7 '14 at 18:01
I don't know an answer, but I don't think it's impossible. Maybe some registry settings could do it? – Jet Mar 7 '14 at 18:39
The only problem with Windows + R is that it doesn't open cmd in the current working directory. That’s hardly the “only” problem. The Win+R→cmd “solution” only applies to this specific use-case scenario. What happens when you try to enter a file or folder name in the address bar and end up doing a search for the path and folder name (and possibly end up leaking your handle or even full name to the Internet)? How does Win+R help with that? – Synetech Sep 29 '15 at 21:43

The only settings I can find will disable "Searching", but still open up Internet Explorer with a site that says the URL cannot be found :-/

Instead, Hold Shift on your keyboard and Right Click in the directory you wish to Open the command prompt from: Select "Open Command Window Here" from the Context menu... This works in Windows 7.

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