Keeping Console Open

Recently I had to launch “command line” applications quite often. I was very annoyed by the fact that the Window closes itself automatically if you simply double click on the .exe.

I was about to go the “hard way” by creating a Windows Explorer Shell Extension to add a “Launch and Keep Open” option when a friend suggested that I create a batch file and add a Shortcut to the “SendTo” folder in Windows. To quickly access this folder, simply use

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

in the Address Bar of Explorer, it will bring you directly there.

Here is the listing of the batch file I created and called keepopen.bat

CLS
@ECHO OFF
%1
PAUSE

I then created a shortcut that I called Keep Open in the SendTo folder and here’s the result:

Keep Open Menu

and instead of having a Command Prompt window that closed automatically, I was greeted with:

Keep Open Result

Hope this helps!

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