Written by Barry Dysert (last updated April 19, 2021)
You probably already know that you can navigate through folders and view their contents by using the Windows Explorer. Another way to display all the files a folder contains is by using the Command Prompt window. (Accessing the Command Prompt window is covered in this tip.)
At the command prompt, you can navigate through the folders and subfolders by using the CD command to change your current directory. Just follow the command by a space and the name of the directory you want to change to. If the directory name contains spaces, simply surround the directory name with quote marks, as shown in these examples:
CD "my files" CD "c:/my data/word documents/budgeting"
After navigating to the directory using the CD command, you can see what files are contained in the directory by typing the DIR command at the command prompt.
This tip (12033) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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