Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Autocomplete in Windows 2000

For some unfathomable reason, Microsoft has decided to hide the autocomplete functionality in Windows 2000 command prompt, even after applying the latest service pack. I can't help myself repeating here the excellent tip I stumbled upon here to turn that feature on:

  1. Log on as Administrator,
  2. Click Start, and then click Run,
  3. Type Regedit and OK,
  4. Double click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,
  5. Double click SOFTWARE,
  6. Double click Microsoft,
  7. Double click Command Processor,
  8. In the right pane of Regedit, double click the 'CompletionChar' DWORD value,
  9. Type 9 click OK,
  10. Close Regedit,
Now every time you hit Tab cmd will go through all available folders starting with the prefix you've already typed! You can apply this change by merging the following regedit file:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]