Windows 10: How can I modify the Path that is used in a cmd session (i.e. Command Prompt)?

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How can I modify the Path that is used in a Windows 10 cmd session (i.e. Command Prompt)?

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timgreen7077Exchange Engineer
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not sure I understand but if you want the prompt to be at a different directory type the following:

cd "c:\directory path"


Hi Tim,

Sorry if my question was vague.

I want to add another folder to the PATH environment variable.

Currently when I type the path command, the output is:

PATH=C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Oracle\Java\javapath;C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Intel\Shared Libraries\redist\intel64\mpirt;C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Intel\Shared Libraries\redist\intel64\compiler;C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Intel\Shared Libraries\redist\ia32\mpirt;C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Intel\Shared
Libraries\redist\ia32\compiler;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem;C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\WINDOWS\System32\OpenSSH\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Windows Performance Toolkit\;C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\Binn\;C:\Users\Leigh\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps;

I want to add C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE to this PATH
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To modify it for the CURRENT command prompt only, use

SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE

To Modify it for ALL command prompts going forward, go to the system control panel, Advanced tab, Environment Variables button, and under system variables, edit the PATH variable add a new entry for C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE


Thanks Tim & Lee.

Lees' suggestion "To Modify it for ALL command prompts going forward" worked for me,

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