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Quickly find that buried command line executable

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Have you ever needed to run an executable file from a command line but it was buried many folders deep? And what if you want to run it with a switch after it? Not very fast or practical, right? You would have to type in the full path to get to the file if using the Start –> Run function before you could even start the file you wanted.

Try this instead:

  1. Open Windows Explorer and find the file that you need to run.

  2. Open Start -> Run and delete the last entry displayed, so it is an empty field.

  3. Left click and drag-and-drop the file from the Explorer pane into the Run field.

The entire path is displayed automatically and you have the option of running it with switches.

This was first published in August 2003

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