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Tips for Techies: How to Enable Automatic Command Completion

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Command Completion

Those of you who are familiar with UN*X shells will appreciate the fact that this feature is also available in NT cmd shells. However it's not enabled by default. To do so simply edit the registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Command Processor\CompletionChar By default the value is 0x0, to enable auto completion assign the ASCII value of the key to use (e.g. TAB key is 0x9).

Cheers, --Warren Johnson

For additional information on Command Completion please visit:

How to Enable Automatic Complete for the Command Prompt

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;244407&

HOW TO: Use Automatic Completion with a Command Prompt in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;310530&

Cmd

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/cmd.mspx

To Configure the Command Prompt

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/commandpromptoptions.mspx

Registry Tweaks

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/maintain/mngntreg/regtwk.mspx

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