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Change the Directory
Change the Directory

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Next, navigate to where your HelloWorld.java file is saved. As I said earlier, my file has been saved in a directory called "Java" in My Documents. Its location is "C:\Documents and Settings\Paul\My Documents\Java".

To change the directory in the terminal window, type in the command:

cd *directory where HelloWorld.java file is saved*


cd C:\Documents and Settings\Paul\My Documents\Java 

You can tell if you’re at the right directory by looking to the left of the cursor.

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