Random DOS question for change dir command

Discussion in 'Trading Software' started by bungrider, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. In older windows versions, when you opened a DOS window, you could do a change directory command (CD) and then type just the first few (exclusive) letters of the dir you wanted to go to.

    Now I have win2k, and when I go to command prompt, and use the change dir command, it will only accept the full name of the directory, which is annoying and time consuming.

    How do I get it to go back to the abbreviated way??

  2. corvus


    Use regedit to change the following key in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor\CompletionChar

    Change the value to 9, restart the cmd window and try it out! :)
  3. hey corvus,

    i forgot to say "thanks" for the tip!
  4. aargh...microsoft makes my head hurt....

    somehow this is no longer working...?

    the setting you suggested is still in place at 9...

    however, there are two more folders with a CompletionChar setting as well, that is not set to 9 like HKEY_CURRENT_USER...

    - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor\CompletionChar where CompletionChar is set to 64...

    - HKEY_USERS\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor\CompletionChar where CompletionChar is set to 0...

    could one of these other settings be causing the problem? i am logged in as administrator...

    thanks in advance corvus,
  5. tomf


    why not just hit TAB ?
  6. ahh... that does it, too