How to Open Windows Explorer With a Command

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Windows Explorer is an extremely useful tool that allows you to see system directories as folders and files. This graphical interface makes modern computing so much easier than before, when everything was done with command prompts from the MS-DOS environment. Today, we still use the Command Prompt window for certain situations that require action when a human is not working on the computer to perform the next step. In certain scenarios, you might want the Command Prompt window to open a Windows Explorer window.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer running Microsoft Windows 95 or above.

Open Windows Explorer with a Command Prompt

  • Open the Command Prompt window by clicking "Start" > "Programs" > "Accessories" > "Command Prompt." Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + "R" to open the Run dialog box. Type in "cmd" or "command" to open the Command Prompt window.

  • In the Command Prompt window, type "EXPLORER.EXE."

  • Press Enter or Return to finish the command and open a Windows Explorer window.


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