CHDIR: Displays the name of or changes the current directory.


... The examples for the command "CHDIR"
... "CHDIR" Excerpt from Microsoft Windows Help
... Important information, tips for the "CHDIR" command

The command: "CHDIR" is on Windows 11, 10, .. available

The examples for the command "CHDIR"

The `CHDIR` command in the Windows Command Prompt is used to change the current working directory, similar to the `CD` command. Here are some examples with comments: Example 1: Go to a specific directory:

CHDIR C:\Example\Directory

Description: This command changes the current working directory to "C:\Example\Directory". Example 2: Go to parent directory:

CHDIR..

Description: This command changes the current working directory to the parent directory. Example 3: Switch back to user directory:

CHDIR %HOMEPATH%

Description: This resets the current working directory to the user directory, regardless of which drive the user directory is located on. Example 4: Save current working directory in a variable:

SET OldDirectory=%CD%

Description: This command saves the current working directory in the environment variable `%OldDirectory%`. Example 5: Go to previous working directory:

CHDIR /D %OldDirectory%

Description: This uses previously saved `%OldDirectory%` to return to the previous working directory. The `/D` parameter also allows changing the drive. Example 6: Change working directory and disconnect existing drive connections:

CHDIR /DC:\New\Directory

Description: The drive can be changed with `/D`. Here the current working directory is changed to "C:\New\Directory" and existing network drive connections are disconnected. The `CHDIR` command has the same functions as the `CD` command and can be used interchangeably. Note the same considerations as for `CD`, particularly regarding valid paths, spaces in the path, and security considerations.

"CHDIR" Excerpt from Microsoft Windows Help

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Displays the name of or changes the current directory.

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

  ..   Specifies that you want to change to the parent directory.

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

Use the /D switch to change current drive in addition to changing current
directory for a drive.

If Command Extensions are enabled CHDIR changes as follows:

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.

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.

Important information, tips for the "CHDIR" command

There are a few important points to note when using the `CHDIR` command in the Windows Command Prompt: 1. Synonym of CD: `CHDIR` and `CD` are usually synonymous and can be used interchangeably. Both commands are used to change the current working directory. 2. Change Drive: If you want to change the drive, add the drive letter with the path or use the `/D` switch.

   CHDIR /DE:\A\Other\Directory
   
3. Use Variable: You can use a variable to store the current working directory and access it later.

   SET OldDirectory=%CD%
   CHDIR C:\New\Directory
   REM... do something in the new directory
   CHDIR /D %OldDirectory%
   
4. Directories with spaces: If your path contains spaces, you should enclose the path in quotation marks to ensure it is interpreted correctly.

   CHDIR "C:\Directory with spaces"
   
5. Valid Paths: Make sure the specified path is valid and the directory exists. Bad paths can lead to unexpected behavior.

   CHDIR Unknown directory
   IF ERRORLEVEL 1 (
       ECHO Error changing directory.
   )
   
6. Transitioning between different directories: Note that when switching between different directories, some paths may not be interpreted correctly, especially if they are relative. 7. Use in batch scripts: When using the `CHDIR` command in a batch script, note that changes to the working directory may affect the way the script interprets other commands. 8. Monitoring and logging: For larger scripts or applications that use `CHDIR`, it is advisable to use monitoring and logging methods to monitor execution and possible errors. Make sure you consider the above points to ensure the desired behavior when using the `CHDIR` command in the Windows Command Prompt.


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