Changing directories

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Using cd to change directory

cd: change directory

The cd command will allow you to change directories.
When you open a terminal you will be in your home directory.
To move around the file system you will use cd. Examples:

To navigate into the root directory, use: $ cd /

To navigate to your home directory, use:$ cd or $ cd ~

To navigate up one directory level, use:$ cd ..

To navigate to the previous directory (or back), use $ cd -

To navigate through multiple levels of directory at once, specify the full
directory path that you want to go to. For example, use,
$ cd /var/www to go directly to the /www subdirectory of
/var/. As another example, $ cd ~/Desktop
will move you to the Desktop subdirectory inside your home directory.