Command Prompt (MS-DOS) comes pre-installed in Windows operating system. With the help of MS-DOS, basic as well as advanced tasks can be executed. In this post, we will share some basic tips of the command prompt, which will be useful in Windows 10 / 8 / 8.1 & 7.

Command Prompt tips

1. You can customize the black cmd anyway as you prefer. Click on the black cmd icon which appears on the top left side of the title bar and select Properties.

command-prompt-properties2. Here you can change options like font size, layout (size) and colors too.

3. In MSDOS, you cannot use Ctrl+V or Ctrl+C to paste or copy as you usually do in MS Office.

Simply right click in the cmd and select the text to copy, while right click to paste the copied text.

Note : In older windows, to copy, you have to right-click inside the cmd, select Mark and then drag the highlighted box to the text you want to copy. Right-click on the text. It will automatically get copied.

4. To execute a file, generally you need to type the full path of a file, but you can simply drag and drop the file. The full path will get entered.

5. To auto-complete file paths, type the first part of the path, say F:\ . Now press “Tab” from the keyboard. All available file names & folders will be cycled.

6. Pressing arrow up from the keyboard – selects a previous command you have executed from history; similarly, arrow down selects the next command. To see the complete command prompt history, just press the F7 key.

7. While you can see the Command history in a session, by just pressing the F7 key. You can also type doskey / history in the cmd windows to see the command history in the command prompt itself.

8. Want any help with CMD? Suppose, you know about a command but you are sure how to use it, suffix the command with ‘/’ or ‘?’ and execute it. If the command is valid, the command prompt will give you all the information related to it.


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