Dos - Cd (CHDIR) - (Current|Working) directory


Cd is a command that:

More: the online help can be read by typing:

cd /?


CHDIR [/D] [drive:][path]
CHDIR [..]
CD [/D] [drive:][path]
CD [..]


  • .. is the parent directory.
  • the D switch change the current drive in addition to changing the current directory for a drive.

How to

display the current directory

Type CD without parameters to display the current drive and directory.


get the current directory


Command Extensions

If Command Extensions are enabled CHDIR changes as follows:

Path case

The current directory string is converted to use the same case as the on disk names. So CD C:\TEMP would actually set the current directory to C:\Temp if that is the case on disk.

Spaces are not delimiters

CHDIR command does not treat spaces as delimiters, so it is possible to CD into a subdirectory name that contains a space without surrounding the name with quotes. For example:

cd \winnt\profiles\username\programs\start menu

is the same as:

cd "\winnt\profiles\username\programs\start menu"

which is what you would have to type if extensions were disabled.

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