Shortcut for typing directory names on the command line

save yourself keystrokes by using the wild card.

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You can save MANY key strokes when changing to a new directory on the command line by using an asterisk (*) as a wildcard. For example, to get to "c:program filesresource kit", you can type "cd pro*res*". You need to type as many letters as necessary to uniquely identify the directory. There are several directories that start with "Microsoft." To find one of these you still need to type the whole word "Microsoft,"then type an asterisk.


This was first published in February 2002

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