The Windows Command Prompt (CMD) is a powerful tool for controlling your computer and its applications. It has been around since the early days of Windows and is still a popular tool for managing files and folders, running programs, and more. One of its most useful features is the ability to autocomplete commands and file paths.
Autocomplete is a feature that automatically completes a command or file path when you start typing it. It works by comparing what you have typed so far with the available commands and files in the current directory and suggesting the most likely ones. For example, if you have a directory called \MyFolder\ and you type \cd m\ into the command prompt, it will autocomplete the command to \cd MyFolder\.
Autocomplete is an incredibly useful feature that can save you time and effort when typing commands. It can also help you avoid spelling errors, which can cause the command to fail. To enable autocomplete in the Windows Command Prompt, you must first enable it in the environment variables. To do this, open the Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click System. Then in the left-hand pane, click Advanced System Settings. In the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
In the System Variables section, scroll down to the variable named “CompletionChar” and double-click it. This will open a dialog box with two options. The first option is the character you want the command prompt to use for autocomplete. The default is the Tab key, but you can change it to whatever you like. The second option is the “Autocomplete” setting. By default, it is set to “on”, so you don’t need to change it.
Once you have enabled autocomplete, you can start using it right away. To use it, simply type the first few characters of the command or file path you want to use and then press the autocomplete character (the Tab key, by default). The command prompt will then offer suggestions. You can then use the arrow keys to select the correct suggestion and hit Enter to run the command.
Autocomplete can significantly improve your experience with the Windows Command Prompt. It can save you time and effort when typing commands, and it can help you avoid spelling errors. To enable autocomplete, you must first enable it in the environment variables. Then, type the first few characters of the command or file path you want to use and press the autocomplete character (the Tab key, by default). The command prompt will then suggest the most likely commands or file paths. You can then use the arrow keys to select the correct suggestion and hit Enter to run the command.