Command Line Tools

The Command Prompt program allows you to work in an environment that looks more like a traditional operating system as opposed to the icon based Windows environment. In Command Prompt, you will use your keyboard. You won't use your mouse at all. Command Prompt works at a lower level than Windows. This means that you will have more control over the machine. The disadvantage is that it is less user-friendly.

Open a command prompt. One way to do this is to press the Windows key and R and then type cmd. (Note, the windows key is between CTRL and ALT on left of the keyboard.) Due to the lab restrictions, before you click Command Prompt in the results, right click the Command Prompt icon and select "Run as Administrator" from the bottom of the screen.

If this does not give you the "run as administrator option as shown below, then simply move your mouse to the Windows icon on the bottom left of your screen, once you click it, then start typing "cmd" and then right click the command line program which appears and select "run as administrator".

Working with Files and Directories

You can also use Command Prompt commands to organize files into a directory hierarchy. These commands are equivalent to corresponding commands that you access via the Windows point-and-click interface. It is useful to be familiar with both interfaces for managing files.