Coming from Mac OS X, you can type:
and your file will open just as if you had opened it from Finder.
On Windows, I'd like to be able to open files in the same manner. What's the command?
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While just typing the name is shorter, the start command jweede points out is better if you want to open a directory in Explorer instead (like open directoryName opens a folder in finder on OSX).
I use "
start ." all the time.
However, you don't need the extra syntax he showed. Just
start fileName works fine. The first "" is for the title, which is optional anyway.
A few more options to consider.
% rundll32 url.dll,FileProtocolHandler xyz.bar
why not use "start /c" as mentioned above? because if the xyz.bar is missing the executable flag, you will get something like "access denied". this is also true for one of the answers to 'just drop the "open" term and the shell will handle the rest'
and as i learned right now, 'cygstart' does an excellent job on cygwin as well (see Linux equivalent command for "open" command on Mac/Windows?)