Change Directory - Select a Folder (and drive)

Syntax CD [/D] [drive:][path] CD [..] Key /D : change the current DRIVE in addition to changing folder.


To change to the parent directory. C:\Work> CD .. To change to the grant-parent directory. C:\Work\backup\January> CD ..\.. To change to the ROOT directory. C:\Work\backup\January> CD \ To display the current directory in the specified drive. C:\> CD D: To display the current drive and directory. C:\Work> CD To display the current drive and directory. C:\Work> ECHO "%CD%" In a batch file to display the location of the batch script file (%0) C:\> ECHO "%~dp0" Moving down the folder tree with a full path reference to the ROOT folder... C:\windows> CD \windows\java C:\windows\java> Moving down the folder tree with a reference RELATIVE to the current folder... C:\windows> CD java C:\windows\java> Moving up and down the folder tree in one command... C:\windows\java> CD ..\system32 C:\windows\system32>

If Command Extensions are enabled the CD command is enhanced as follows:

1) The current directory string is converted to use the correct CASE.

So CD C:\wiNnt would actually set the current directory to C:\Winnt

2) CD does not treat spaces as delimiters, so it is possible to CD into a subfolder name that contains a space without surrounding the name with quotes.

For example:

cd \My folder

is the same as:

cd "\My folder"

3) An asterisk can be used to complete a folder name

e.g. from C:\

C:> CD pro*

will move to

C:\Program Files

CHDIR is a synonym for CD

Tab Completion

This allows changing current folder by entering part of the path and pressing TAB

C:> CD Prog [PRESS TAB] Will go to C:\Program Files\

Tab Completion is disabled by default, it has been known to create difficulty when using a batch script to process text files that contain TAB characters.

Tab Completion is turned on by setting the registry value shown below


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]


Changing the Current drive

simply enter the drive letter followed by a colon

C:> E:


To change drive and directory at the same time, use CD with the /D switch

C:> cd /D E:\utils


"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future" - John F. Kennedy


You can also change directory using the pushd command

Q156276 - Cmd does not support UNC names as the current directory

JSIFaq Tip 4757 - cd Folder navigation

Powershell: Set-Location - Set the current working location

Equivalent bash command (Linux): cd - Change Directory