Who can remember the Windows XP PowerToys from back in the day, when Windows XP was the latest and best available? Microsoft PowerToys is a set of indispensable Windows utilities developed by Microsoft that enhances the capabilities of Windows XP. Personally, I love PowerToys, especially the “Command Prompt from Here” or “Command Window from Here” PowerToy.
Probably, most of us use Windows 10 computers. Because the Microsoft PowerToys utilities has not been updated for over 12 years, I was pleased to find an updated “Command Prompt from Here” release from code.kliu.org.
The ContextConsole Shell Extension (Command Prompt from Here)
The ContextConsole Shell Extension adds an “Open Command Prompt” menu item to the context menus (right-click menus) in Windows Explorer. With it you can quickly open a command prompt in the selected directory (or directories) or in the current directory that you are viewing.
ContextConsole Shell Extension Features
Open a command prompt in the current directory and in multiple directories at once.
You can open a command prompt in the directory that you are currently in by right-clicking on any empty screen space in the directory. Hence, eliminating the need to navigate up a level in order to open a command prompt in the current directory. This was the biggest shortcoming of Microsoft’s Open Command Window Here PowerToy.
Furthermore, you can also open multiple command prompts by selecting a group of directories and invoking the command prompt.
Support for elevated command prompts.
On versions of Windows that have UAC (Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc.), the ContextConsole Shell Extension can be used to open elevated command prompts.
Compared to similar shell extensions, the ContextConsole Shell Extension has an extremely small memory and disk footprint (the 32-bit version consumes less than 16 KiB of disk space).
Free and open-source
The ContextConsole Shell Extension is open-source, licensed under a BSD-style license. Therefore, anyone with some knowledge of C can easily build their own customized version of this shell extension.
Compatibility: international support and 64-bit-compatible
The user interface text has been translated into many languages. Therefore it will blend in seamlessly with most systems. Additionally, this shell extension is natively Unicode and can thus support a wide range of directory names.
Furthermore, x86-32 and x86-64 systems are natively supported. You can use this with the increasingly common 64-bit versions of Windows.
Support for network paths
You can open directories from network paths (UNC paths).
I cannot find anything wrong with this little gem. It is well-made and is a valuable addition to any power-user’s arsenal of tools and utilities. Give it a try, I promise you will love it.