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How to enable Open Command Window here in Windows 10 Context menu

by AshwinJune 21, 2018

If you want to use the command prompt in Windows 10, you may find that the keyboard shortcut to open CMD is no longer available. This has been the case since the Windows 10 Creators Update was launched in December 2017. We are going to tell you how to enable Open Command Window here in Windows 10 Context menu.

Though the process involves using the built-in Windows Registry Editor, it is very easy.

How to enable Open Command Window here in Windows 10 Context menu:

1. Open the Registry Editor by using any of the two options:

Start Menu – search for regedit and click on the result.

or

Use the Windows + R key to bring the Run command, and type regedit and hit enter.

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2. Navigate to the cmd folder like so:

  HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\cmd

How to enable Open Command Window here in Windows 10 regkey

3. Right click on the CMD folder and select the Permissions option from the pop-up window.

How to enable Open Command Window here in Windows 10 cmd advanced

4. Click on Advanced and then on the text link which says “Change”.

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5. This opens a text box where you can enter the user name (account name). This may sound complicated, but it is simple. You can just copy the text in the “From this location” field, and add a backslash followed by the user account name (found in C:\Users\).

For example if your account name is Ash and your PC’s name is DESKTOP-A123BC4, you need to enter the name in this format: DESKTOP-A123BC4\Ash.

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6. Click on the Check names to verify the username, and hit OK.

7. A checkbox will appear below the “Change” link. Click it to enable the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects option. Hit apply and OK.

8. Go Back to the pop-up window in step 3, select the group called Administrators, and enable the Allow option for Full Control. Hit apply and Ok.

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9. Go back to the Registry folder from Step 2, right click the DWORD with the name ‘HideBasedOnVelocityId DWORD”.

10. Select “Rename” and replace the word hide with show, i.e., the new name should be ShowBasedOnVelocityId. Hit enter.

How to enable Open Command Window here in Windows 10 cmd regedit

That’s it. You can now run Windows File Explorer and open any folder to use the Shift + right click shortcut, and you will see the Open Command Window here option.

If you want the “Open Command Window here” option to appear in the context menu when you are right clicking on a folder, there is a similar way.

How to enable Open Command Window here in Windows 10 folder

Follow our How to enable Open Command Window here in Windows 10 Context menu guide. But in step 2, instead of the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\cmd folder, you should navigate to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd folder and follow the rest of the steps.

 

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