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Name Completion in the Windows 7 Command Prompt

Did you know that there’s a key you can press that will auto complete a path or file name in the Windows 7 Command Prompt? Yeah, me either – that is, until I was messing around the other day and stumbled across an article on Microsoft’s site detailing how to do it.

Here’s how!

Open a Command Prompt by clicking Start, then typing cmd in the Search Box. Click the Command Prompt icon in the results that appear or just hit Enter.


In the Command Prompt window, type in the change directory command, like this:


Now hit the Tab key.


*Poof* -the path is completed!

If you keep pressing the Tab key, the Command Prompt will put forth the next applicable file or folder that’s consistent with what you’ve typed so far.