How to properly say this sentence?

Open the terminal to the folder you would like to use.

Should I say you would like to use? or you want to use?

I learned in one of the comments of this question that "would like" is use to make the sentence sound more politely. But in my case the sentence that I made doesn't need to be sound politely. But "would like" to use sounds fine to me than "want to"

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Both are correct and are almost identical, but there is a subtle distinction:

"would like to" implies that there is some doubt.

"want to" implies more certainty.

  • 1
    I would like to see a supporting reference. Did that leave any doubt?
    – Davo
    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:12
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    In this case, it depicts more polite form of sentence.
    – ManmeetP
    Aug 1, 2018 at 6:16

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