[clug] OT - Tab Completion

Michael Carden michaelc at panasonic.com.au
Fri Nov 28 09:28:00 EST 2003

This is somewhat off topic, but the surprised reaction of a few Cluggers at
last night's meeting prompts me to post it here.

I muttered something about the fact that Unix-style command line tab
completion exists within the Windows NT*/2k/XP series OS, but that for
reasons best known to themselves, M$ have it disabled by default.

For those who need to use the command line in Windows, here's how to
activate tab completion:

Start -> Run -> regedit

Drill down to:

My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CommandProcessor



Change it to 09

Save and exit. Open a command prompt [which you have probably assigned to a
keyboard shortcut like ctrl-alt-d if you use it often] and tab away to your
heart's content.

I know that many of you would rather gouge your own eyes out than hammer
away at Windows, but some people have no choice.

* I'm pretty sure it's all NT OSes, but I no longer have an NT box to
confirm it on. Definitely 2k and XP though.
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