How to customize the appearance of the windows 10 command prompt

How to customize the appearance of the windows 10 command prompt

Blessed are those who know the power of the command prompt in Windows and are aware of the great things that can be done with it. Even though it looks simple, it can do incredible things that you have a hard time doing with the normal Windows GUI. One of the best examples I can give is from sfc /scan and DISM Commands to scan and fix system errors in Windows 10, which is otherwise not possible in a normal Windows 10 GUI-based environment. Even some of the powerful antivirus suits use the command prompt to scan and disinfect the system when a virus breaks out on your computer.

Command prompt

However, the Command Prompt doesn’t look so trendy compared to other Windows 10 apps you have on your computer. It’s a boring black screen with white text on it that is quite small; This makes it barely readable on a large screen with full HD resolution. But this is the default view, and there are options you can use to customize the look of the boring command prompt and make it look cool.

Enter

To get started, the first thing you need to do is launch Command Prompt, and in my opinion the best way to do this is to simply search for "CMD" in the Start menu. The second option is to open that Run Use Box Windows+R press and execute the CMD command.

Command Prompt Properties 5

Now, to start the customization process, right-click on the title bar of the CMD prompt and select the option from Properties from the context menu. Namely, it opens a window with 4 separator tabs Option, font, layout, and Colors. So let’s take a look at how you can use the options available on all four tabs to customize your command prompt.

Command options

Here you can control and set the cursor size Small, Medium or Large based on your requirements. The command history keeps track of all the commands you type, and you can use the up arrow to access them again. So this is where you can control how much buffer to maintain.

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Apart from that, you have an editing option that makes it easier for users who are familiar with Windows hotkeys to work with the command prompt using the same hotkeys. However, if you want to use the old, outdated environment, just enable the option and restart the CMD.

Command fonts and layout

Here you can edit the display font of the command prompt. You can increase the size of the text to make it more readable, and also add the bold text effect as needed. When it comes to the font area, there are only 3 fonts to choose from by default.

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There are ways to add a custom font to the prompt, but that is beyond the scope of this article. Let me know in the comment section if you are interested in this. If there is enough response, I will definitely pick it up in one of my next tutorials.

The Layout On the tab you can configure the size and position of CMD Windows.

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Command colors

This tab is where most of the magic lies. You can control the colors of Screen text, screen background, popup text And Popup Background Here. There are some preset solid colors to choose from, or use RGB to define a custom color. Any changes you make here will be previewed in the box below, which would help you choose the appropriate color.

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The option to choose opacity would eventually add the finishing touch to the customization option. You may need to restart the prompt for the changes to take effect, but it would be worth it.

Conclusion

So you can customize the look and behavior of boring CMD in Windows 10 and make it cooler, funkier and more accessible in terms of font and window size. Also, don’t forget to let me know if you would like us to talk about how you can add additional custom fonts to the prompt.

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