Personalize Your Windows 10 Command Prompt with This Useful Guide

The command prompt in Windows 10 is a very useful tool that allows us to do many administrative tasks. For example, if you type cipher /w:c you will wipe the free space you have on your computer’s C drive. If you type fc, this will identify the differences between two files. As you can see, you can use the command prompt for many useful tasks, but don’t you think it’s a little boring to look at? If you can’t stand to look of your command prompt, keep reading to see how you can add your personal touch to it.

This is what my command prompt looks like right now. Boring, right?


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To get a list of colors type color /? Now, you should see a list of colors you can add to the Command Prompt. For example, let’s say I want to make the text Green, I would type color 02. If it doesn’t work, try adding a space before typing the command.

color-02

Trying to make the background and the text color the same? I wouldn’t waste any time doing that since it won’t work. If you want to go back to the original black and white color, type color and press enter.

You’re not obligated to customize the command prompt by using the prompt itself; you can also do it by right-clicking on the upper left-hand corner of the command prompt and selecting Properties.

properties

Once it’s open select the colors tab, there you can choose the color for the background, the text, the Popup Text and the Popup Background. I opted to give the command prompt a blue background with black text; this is what it looks like.

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At the bottom, you’re going to see a slider with the word Opacity above it. By moving the slider back and forth, you can set how transparent the Command Prompt is going to be. For this to work you need to uncheck the Use Legacy console setting in the Options tab.

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How to Change Font Size and Style in Command Prompt

The size of the text may be too small for some, and if you want to make it bigger, go to the Font tab in the Command Prompt Properties. In that tab, the first option you’re going to see is the size of the text followed by the Font Type. Towards the bottom you are going to see small preview window that will show you the final look of the options you have chosen.

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How to Change the Command Prompt’s Layout and Size

Not happy with the command prompt’s layout or its size? You can change that too in the Layout Tab.

layout-tab

In the Layout tab, you will have access to the following options:

  • Windows Position – With this option, you can you can modify the Command Prompt’s window distance from the rest of the screen. If it doesn’t work, it’s because you need to uncheck the Let System Position Windows box.

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  • Screen Buffer Size –  This option lets you decide how many characters can be seen on a line Command Prompt windows by changing the Width value.
  • Let System Position Windows – If you want to change the windows position settings, don’t check this option. You will be able to drag and drop, though. You won’t be able to alter the size of the Command Prompt with your mouse if this option is checked.
  • Windows Size – Select the Height and Width of the Command Prompt with this option.

Conclusion

Let’s face it, the original design for the Command Prompt is a disaster and need some modifying as soon as it’s opened. With this guide, you now know all the things you can change and make the Command Prompt your own. What changes are you going to make to your computer’s Command Prompt? Let me know in the comments.




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