I'm looking for PowerToys for Windows 7, does anyone know where I can find the "Open Command Window Here" thingy?


The "Open Command Window Here" functionality is now built in.

Hold Shift then right click over the folder. The "Command prompt" option should now appear on the context menu.

I can't double check the exact wording of the option as I'm back using XP at the moment

  • It works that way for Vista. There are also other Shift-click options, such as "copy file path". I believe that 7 also has more "Send To" options when you use the shift key. – Daniel H Dec 18 '09 at 1:40
  • @Daniel - I managed to bypass Vista ;) – ChrisF Dec 18 '09 at 9:04

There are no longer any "Official" Power Toys.

The Open Command Windows Here option is there by default if you press Shift whilst right clicking on a folder.

However, to add the Open Command Window Here context menu without having to press Shift, do the following:

  1. Open up the Registry Editor (Press Windows Flag+R and type Regedit)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd
  3. Delete the "REG_SZ" entry called "Extended"

(You can also repeat this for the entry at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\drive\shell\cmd)

It should now appear.


The Powertoys provided additional functionality for Windows XP...Some are redundant with Windows 7. You can hold the SHIFT key and right-click a folder, and the command window option will appear. That's a little bother, though, having to hold SHIFT.

If you download and use Ultimate Windows Tweaker, you have access to a good number of options for tweaking Win7 appearance and behaviour. One option is to make the command window option appear on right-click without having to hold the SHIFT key. There a lot of other useful options as well.


In windows 10, it has been replaced with Open Powershell window here. To get Open Command window here back, go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\cmd, then take ownership of the key, and then Change the DWORD name from HideBasedOnVelocityId to ShowBasedOnVelocityId.

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