How to Change Directories in Command Prompt

How to open the Command Prompt on Windows 10

It’s important to be able to navigate the command prompt in Windows 10 before you can use it. This is how you do it.

  1. Type cmd in the Windows 10 search box.
  2. To open the command prompt, click Run As Administrator. You will have full access rights to all commands.

How do I change directories in Command Prompt

It can be much easier than you might think to change directories from the command prompt. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Enter cd and a space in your command prompt window.
  2. Drag and drop the folder that you wish to browse into the browser.
  3. Enter by pressing

How do I navigate to a folder in Command Prompt

Drag and drop may not be convenient or easy for you, or you prefer to type your commands. This is how you do it.

The directory name is required.

  1. Type cd followed by the name of the folder you want to search in the command prompt window

    This works only for immediate folders that follow the one you are in.
  2. You can also type namename for two levels of documents. For example, cd AdministratorDownloads
  3. To go back in one directory, type Cd.. will go up a level before you type cd to return to the original option.

    To view the directory contents, press enter and type dir.

Why can’t I change directory in CMD

You may have permissions issues or a problem with the command prompt not being able to change directories. These are some tips to help you make it easier to change directories again.

  • Make sure you’re typing the correct command Be sure to type cd before you start your command. It is possible that you have typed too many characters or mistyped something. Make sure your syntax is correct.
  • Verify that the directory exists. If the directory you are trying to browse is not there, your command will fail. To check the contents of a directory, type dir
  • Make sure you are browsing the correct hard drive. Check that you are browsing the correct hard drive if you have more than one. You can change hard drives by entering X, where X is your hard drive’s letter.
  • Make sure you have admin rights You may not be able to do as much if you aren’t running the command prompt under Administrator rights.


  • What is Command Prompt?

    It is a command-line interpreter that’s accessible on all Windows computers. It is often used to perform more complex administrative functions or troubleshoot issues. You can only use the commands that you have available, depending on your version of Windows.
  • How can you get rid of the Command Prompt

    Enter cls, and hit the Enter key. This will clear all previous commands that you have entered.
  • Can I copy/paste from Command Prompt

    Yes, but first you must enable it. Right-click the top bar and choose Properties. Select under Edit Options. Use Ctrl+Shift+C/V to copy/paste.
  • What is an elevated command prompt?

    Certain commands require an elevated command prompt in order to be executed. This is required if you receive an error message about insufficient privileges, or require administrator-level access. Run Command Prompt as an administrator to elevate it.

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