Back to Basics

Posted: July 28, 2014 by Virendra Yaduvanshi in Database Administrator
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Save a Command’s Output to a File

The use of redirection operators, specifically > and >> operators are used to redirect the output of a command to a file, giving us a saved version of whatever data the command produced in the Command Prompt window.

Redirection Operator




The greater-than sign is used to send to a file, or even a printer or other device, whatever information from the command would have been displayed in the Command Prompt window had you not used the operator. assoc > types.txt


The double greater-than sign works just like the single greater-than sign but the information is appended to the end of the file instead of overwriting it.

ipconfig >> netdata.txt


The less-than sign is used to read the input for a command from a file instead of from the keyboard. sort < data.txt


The vertical pipe is used to read the output from one command and use if for the input of another. dir | sort

Copy command output to Windows clipboard

The clip command copies all output from a command to the Windows Clipboard. You can then paste that output into to any Windows application, such as into Windows Notepad or Microsoft Word.

command | clip

Copies the output from the specified command to the Windows clipboard.

Example :

dir | clip Copies the directory listing that is output from the dir command to the Windows Clipboard.

clip < filename

Copies the contents of the filename file to the Windows Clipboard.

Example :

CLIP < README.TXT Places a copy of the text from readme.txt on to the Windows clipboard.

Customize the Command Prompt Title Bar Text

The TITLE command Sets the windows title for the command prompt window

TITLE string

The specified set as command prompt windows.

Example :

Title Virendra Yaduvanshi.

Copy From the Command Prompt

Right-click anywhere in the Command Prompt window and choose Mark. Now, highlight with left mouse button whatever like to copy. Once selection is made, press Enter.

Now we can paste that information into any program.

Open the Command Prompt From Any Location

There’s a super easy Command Prompt trick that will let open a Command Prompt window from whatever folder we’re viewing in Windows.

All it is depend on navigate, in Windows, to the folder where we want to start working from in the Command Prompt. Once there, hold down Shift key while right-click anywhere in the folder. Once the menu pops up, notice there is an entry that’s not usually there: Open command window here.

Drag and Drop For Easy Path Name Entry

There’s a Command Prompt trick that makes this much easier: drag and drop.

Just navigate to the folder you want the path for in Windows Explorer. Once there, drag the folder or file to the Command Prompt window and let go. Like magic, the full path is inserted, saving you a considerable amount of typing depending on the length and complexity of the path name.

Robust File Copy

Robocopy, or “Robust File Copy”, is a command-line directory and/or file replication command. Robocopy functionally replaces Xcopy, with more options. It has been available as part of the Windows Resource Kit starting with Windows NT 4.0, and was first introduced as a standard feature in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The command is robocopy.

View Your Computer’s Important Network Information

Everything we want to know about our network connection is available somewhere in the Control Panel in Windows, but it’s much easier to find, and much better organized, in the results from the ipconfig command.

Map a Local Folder Just Like a Network Drive

The subst command is used to map a local folder just like a Network drive. Just execute the subst command, followed by the path of the folder which need to appear as a drive. For example, let’s say you want your C:\Windows\Fonts folder to appear as the Q: drive. Just execute subst q: c:\windows\fonts and you’re set!

Automatically Complete Commands with Tab Completion

Tab completion is another Command Prompt trick that can save you lots of time, especially if your command has a file or folder name in it that you’re not completely sure of.

Run Commands Simultaneously

We can put && between two commands and execute them one after another. The command on the left will execute first followed by the command on the right of the double ampersand.

Change Windows Explorer’s Starting Location

Right-click on the Windows Explorer icon in taskbar. Right click on it and choose Properties.

Under “Target,” change the path to the folder you want Windows Explorer to display by default

Backspace Key to Go Up

Windows Explorer in Windows XP allowed you to move up a folder using the Backspace key. If you got used to that feature, you’re probably frustrated that it was removed in Windows 7. The Backspace key in Windows 7 moves you Back in the folder browsing history, not to the parent folder of the current folder.


Add Copy To / Move To to the Windows Explorer Right Click Menu

A hidden functionality in Windows allows you to right click on a file, select Copy To Folder or Move To Folder, and the move to box will pop up and let you choose a location to either copy or move the file or folder to. The quick registry hack to get this working:-

1) Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

Now you will double-click on the (Default) value and enter the following:

{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00 C04FD 75D13}

For Move to – Now when you right click on a file or folder, you should see the following options:

{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}      Page 16

Use check boxes to select multiple files
In order to select multiple files for an operation such as copying, moving or deleting in Windows Explorer, you generally use the keyboard and the mouse, Ctrl-clicking every file you want to select.
Steps are as below :
1. In Windows Explorer, click Organize, and then select “Folder and search options.”
2 .Click the View tab
3. In Advanced Settings, scroll down and check the box next to “Use check boxes to select items.” Click OK.

Launch taskbar apps without a mouse

Likewise, you can launch any program on the taskbar without the mouse. Press the Windows key and the number that corresponds to the position of the application on the taskbar — for example, Windows key-1 to launch the left-most application on the taskbar, Windows key2 to launch the second left-most application and so on.

Filtering Folder Content Views

Moving your mouse over a Heading will display a drop-down arrow. Clicking on the down arrow will display a set of filtering options (check boxes) that can be set for viewing items in the column.

  1. Diwakar Rai says:

    Thanks sir


  2. Manisha says:

    knowledgeable.. Must Read


  3. kamal Gupta says:

    Your always give us a valuable information .. Thanks a lot


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