How To Answer Yes Or No Questions In Command Prompt

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Answering yes or no questions in the command prompt can be a handy skill to have, especially if you’re a tech enthusiast like me. It may seem simple, but there are a few techniques and considerations that can make the process smoother and more efficient. In this article, I will guide you through the steps of answering yes or no questions in the command prompt, providing personal touches and commentary along the way.

Getting Started with Command Prompt

Before we dive into answering questions, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page with using the command prompt. This powerful tool is available on Windows systems and allows you to interact with your computer through text-based commands. To open the command prompt, simply press the Windows key + R, type “cmd” and hit Enter.

Navigating to the Right Directory

Once you have the command prompt open, you’ll want to navigate to the directory where the program or file you want to work with is located. This can be done using the cd command, followed by the directory path. For example, if your file is located in the Documents folder, you would enter:

cd C:\Users\YourUsername\Documents

Replace YourUsername with your actual username. This will change the current directory to the Documents folder.

Executing the Program or File

Now that you’re in the right directory, you can run the program or file by entering its name followed by the file extension. For example, if you have a program called “myprogram.exe”, you would enter:


If the program requires any additional command line arguments, you can add them after the program name. Make sure to separate each argument with a space.

Answering Yes or No Questions

When it comes to answering yes or no questions in the command prompt, the most common scenario is when a program asks for user input. The program might prompt you with a question like “Do you want to proceed? (Y/N)”. Here are a few approaches you can take:

1. Typing “Y” or “N”

The simplest way to answer such questions is by typing either “Y” for yes or “N” for no, and then pressing Enter. The program will process your response accordingly. This method works well for single questions that don’t require additional input.

2. Using Shortcuts

If you’re a fan of shortcuts like me, there’s a faster way to answer yes or no questions. By pressing the corresponding key of the desired answer and then Enter, you can save a few keystrokes. For example, if “Y” is the shortcut for “yes” and “N” is the shortcut for “no”, you can simply press “Y” or “N” followed by Enter to answer the question.

3. Scripting a Response

If you find yourself answering the same yes or no question repeatedly, you might consider scripting a response. This involves creating a small script in a text editor that automatically inputs the desired answer for you. You can then run the script from the command prompt to answer the question without manual input.


Answering yes or no questions in the command prompt is a fundamental skill for anyone working with command-line interfaces. By understanding how to navigate directories and execute programs, as well as utilizing shortcuts and scripting, you can efficiently handle these types of questions. So the next time you encounter a yes or no prompt in the command prompt, you’ll be ready to respond in a snap!