Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tips: How to customize the Command Prompt in Windows 7

Now, customizing the appearance of the Command Prompt in Windows 7 is much possible. Therefore, you can change its size, font and even colors. You can save the settings independently for each shortcut that launches the Command Prompt to make it appropriate for different tasks.

It is required to open the properties option of the Command Prompt for making changes. You can do this in three different ways.
•    Clicking the Control menu icon in a Command Prompt window and choosing Defaults from the Control menu lets you make changes that will not affect the current session but instead will affect all future sessions (except for those launched from a shortcut whose properties have been customized). These changes also affect future sessions in character-mode, MS-DOS-based applications that do not have a program-information file (PIF) and do not store their own settings.

•    Right-clicking on a shortcut for a Command Prompt provides the Properties option. Changes you make here affect all future Command Prompt sessions launched from that particular shortcut.
•    Clicking the Control menu icon in a Command Prompt window offers access to the Properties dialog box. (If Command Prompt is running in full-screen mode, press Alt+Enter to switch to window display.) Changes you make here affect the current session. When you leave the properties dialog box, you’ll be given the option of propagating your changes to the shortcut from which this session was launched. If you accept, all future sessions launched from that shortcut will also use the new settings.

What is tweaking the Edit Options?
From the options tab, we can have a variety of options that affect how the Command Prompt windows operates. We can enable or disable QuickMode. This option brings an enhanced and easier way to copy text from Command Prompt windows with mouse. However, we can still use the commands on the Control menu for copying and pasting text. At the same time, disabling the Insert Mode is also possible. Clearing the Insert Mode check box setting will allow you to overstrike characters instead. While using the first command, we can get an option to enable and disable the AutoComplete option. By default, the AutoComplete option will be enabled. However, we can still manage it.

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