I am trying to cd to the Program Files directory, but I'm getting an error. Here is the screen shot.

PowerShell Error Message

Here's the command I'm running and the error message:

PS C:\> cd C:\Program Files

Set-Location : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'Files'. At line:1 char:3 + cd <<<< C:\Program Files

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    there's whitespace, escape it. – Prinzhorn Sep 23 '12 at 17:20
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    cd "C:\Program Files" – Joachim Isaksson Sep 23 '12 at 17:21

Type cd c:\ . Now press the tab key (this is auto-complete, which will save you a lot of typing) repeatedly until it shows you a directory with spaces in the name. Notice how it delimits the path with backticks. Use the same character when you're typing. On my en-GB keyboard it is the character to the left of the 1 key.

Edit: ugh! my eyes! It's an apostrophe, not a backtick.


You need to surround the path in double quotes if there is a space in the path!

cd "C:\Program Files"

You can also use the ProgramFiles environment variable

cd $env:ProgramFiles

Try this

C:\>cd "Program Files"

This will work.


METHOD1: With Quotes

cd "C:/Prgram Files (x86)"

cd 'C:/Program Files (x86)'

Method2: Without using Quotes

cd Program\ Files \(x86\)

Similarly it will go for Program Files.


Try then 8.3 filename version:

cd C:\Progra~1

Also try:

cd C:\Program*

You should try with

cd C:\Program\ Files
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    No, he shouldn't. The backslash is a path separator here, not an escape character. He must either quote the path (as has already suggested) or escape spaces with backticks: cd C:\Program` Files – Ansgar Wiechers Sep 23 '12 at 17:28
  • Even the suggested edit is wrong. Declined. – music2myear Dec 21 '18 at 22:04

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