Friday, November 03, 2006

Did ya know? XP has command line completion too...

One thing I've come to value in the Linux command line interface is Command Line Tab Completion. This is a feature where you type a portion of a command and hit the TAB key which then tries to complete the line. It saves a boatload of typing and appears in numerous places across the Linux desktop (even in File->Open dialog boxes).

Did you know that Windows XP has a similar feature at it's command line prompt? I have to use XP here at work and I honestly didn't know that! Trying to 'cd' to a folder name with multiple spaces was a pain. Just hit Tab and it will cycle through available options. I'm not sure if it's quite as capable as the Linux implementation, but it could save you a lot of typing nonetheless.