I don't know about your workflow as a developer, but I often find myself switching back and forward between an Explorer window and the command shell. For example, sometimes I'm looking around the filesystem for a project that I created a while back and then I want to build it from the command line or rename some of the files or something.
Here's a trick that I don't think many people are aware of. Right-click on any folder on your Windows Vista machine while holding down the shift key. You'll see an extra context-sensitive menu item there: Open Command Prompt here. Just click on this menu and a command window will open with the current working directory set to the folder's actual location.
Figure: folder context-sensitive menu, with and without the shift key modifier.
In the past there was a Windows XP powertoy that did this; now it's built into the operating system (albeit hidden away to protect the unwary from themselves). What's really cool about this is that if the target folder is a network location, Windows Vista silently maps a network drive to that location before opening the folder (so that your command prompt has a valid path containing a drive letter) and then deletes the network drive once the command prompt is closed.
did anyone notice you can now rename the Recycle Bin like any other file or folder without going into the registry? little things....neat.
Ever wanted to copy a link from a network file share into an email, and wound up having to traverse the
Hmm. just type cmd on the seach box. simple job done
Hmm, it is cool it maps the drive for you, but sad at the same time that Windows still relies on assigning drive letters to work with network drive and the cmd prompt. There really shouldn't be any reason to do that anymore since the cmd prompt isn't really DOS anymore...?
Wow...that's sexy! What a neat feature (talking about the automatic mapping of a network resource for cmd lines)!!
Tim Sneathが彼のブログで「Windows Vista Secret」という連載(?)をやっています。役に立ちそうなものもあるので、ここでタイトルだけ日本語化して紹介します。詳細は(英語ですが)リンク先を見てください。
Works in XP (media centre edition) as well. Maybe it works in other versions of windows. Very useful.
.NET 3.0 has a number of command line utilities like the service utility (svcutil.exe) that can be awkward