Customize the command prompt in Windows 7

Customize the command prompt in Windows 7

Summary: In Microsoft Windows 7, you can customize the command prompt using specifically configured shortcuts to better match the task at hand.

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  • Under the Colors tab of the Shortcut Properties screen you can change the color scheme this particular command prompt will use. Note, the colors chosen are for instructional purposes only.

    This gallery is also available as a TechRepublic blog post and download. Image created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic.
  • Click OK when you have all of the configuration settings the way you want them. My settings are a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. By using a specific combination of Properties settings you can establish a set of command prompt shortcuts, each with visible cues to help you keep track of which prompt is running and what task needs to be accomplished.

    This gallery is also available as a TechRepublic blog post and download. Image created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Customize the command prompt in Windows 7

    You can also create a CMD shortcut from the Start Menu | Accessories | Command Prompt. You can then use the shortcut properties to modify the prompt or set the CMD to run a specific program, like "Defrag C:\mountpoint /U /A"
    ugluk