It would be handy if there was a hot key or context menu option that would launch a shell and cd me to whatever directory the focused explorer window is currently viewing.

Anyone have an idea?

-using windows 7 pro 64

2 Answers 2


bah! I found it.

shift + right click in the explorer window, and the context menu option appears.

  • Hm, that's cool. Must be a new Windows 7 feature. It's not happening in XP.
    – SaintWacko
    Dec 13, 2011 at 17:20
  • This also works in Vista.
    – surfasb
    Dec 13, 2011 at 18:18

You might also like the ContextConsole shell extension.

Features over the built-in support:

  • Open an elevated command prompt
  • Open a command prompt by clicking in the background of any open Explorer window -- no more going up a level to get a window to the directory you really want or mousing over to the much smaller target in the folder tree

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