Aliases in Windows command prompt
Aliases in Windows Command Prompt: Simplify and Speed Up Your Workflow
Have you ever wished you could perform complex actions in the Windows Command Prompt with just a few keystrokes? If so, you're in luck! In this guide, we'll explore the concept of aliases in the Windows Command Prompt and how they can help streamline your workflow. 🚀
Aliases are shortcuts or alternate names for commands or programs in the Command Prompt. Instead of typing out lengthy commands or program names, you can create an alias that represents the same action. For example, instead of typing
notepad++.exe, you can create an alias like
np to accomplish the same task.
Let's dive into a specific problem that many users encounter when trying to create an alias. Suppose you have added
notepad++.exe to your Path in environment variables, and you want to open a file using the command
np filename.txt. However, when you try using the alias
np, it only brings an already opened Notepad++ instance to the forefront, without actually opening the file.
To make the alias open the desired file in Notepad++, we need to tweak our approach a bit. Instead of using
DOSKEY, we'll utilize a different method: creating a batch file. Here's how:
Open a text editor, such as Notepad.
Paste the following line into the editor:
start "" "C:\Path\to\notepad++.exe" %*
C:\Path\to\notepad++.exewith the actual file path to your
notepad++.exeexecutable. Make sure to keep the quotes around the path.
Save the file with a .bat extension, for example,
np.bat. Choose a location that is included in your Path or add the location to your Path if necessary.
Close the text editor.
That's it! You have successfully created a batch file that will open a file in Notepad++ when the
np alias is used. 🎉
How It Works
The batch file we created uses the
start command followed by the path to
%* represents any additional parameters that are passed to the batch file, such as the file name in our case. This allows us to open Notepad++ with the specified file whenever we use the
By creating aliases in the Windows Command Prompt, you can drastically simplify and speed up your workflow. Rather than typing out lengthy commands or program names, you can use short and memorable aliases to accomplish the same tasks. In the specific case of opening files in Notepad++, the batch file method described in this guide solves the problem of bringing an already opened instance to the forefront without opening the file.
So why wait? Start creating aliases in your Command Prompt today and take your productivity to the next level! If you have any questions or other cool alias tips, feel free to share them in the comments below. Happy aliasing! 💪💻