As I spend more time on the command line, I find myself seeking out convenience methods for doing things that usually mean a lot of clicking around, especially in a Windows environment. I’m also moving back and forth a bit between a Linux virtual machine and my regular work Windows OS, and I’m wanting certain things to exist in both places.
BTW: I’m running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Your mileage may vary.
subl myfile.txt opens myfile.txt in Sublime Text 2 from a Windows command prompt
Step 1: Create a Windows batch file that will run when the command prompt is opened
- Create a file where ever you like called autorun.bat. I put mine in
- Open autorun.bat in a text editor and add the following:
(Replace the path to your Sublime Text executable as necessary.)
- Save the file
Step 2: Add the autorun.bat file to your registry
- Open the Registry Editor (Start –> Type ‘regedit’ in the Search programs and files input)
- Click down into HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor
- If an AutoRun value does not exist, create a new one
- Right-click Command Processor and click New –> String Value
- Name the new value ‘AutoRun’
- Right-click the new value and select Modify…
- Enter the path to your autorun.bat in the Value data field. Mine says ‘c:\dev\autorun.bat’
- Click OK
Step 3: Try it out
- Open a new command prompt
- cd to a directory with a file that can be opened with a text editor
- Type subl your-file-name.txt
- Be happy
Without these helpful resources, none of this would have been possible.