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Windows 7 - How to Customize the Command Prompt

Although most average users of Windows 7 will never had any need to use the Command Prompt (cmd.exe) feature, it is still an essential component of the operating system. Windows 7, as with almost all modern operating systems, provide an intuitive graphical user interface which allows you to get almost everything done. There are still, however, some programs and features which can only be accessed by using the Command Prompt.

Although of little practical use, it is possible to customize the Command Prompt. By default, all you get is white text on a black background. The Command Prompt looks almost exactly the same as it did even in the earliest versions of Windows. It still wins at looking like the most boring part of the operating system! If you work regularly with the Command Prompt, follow these steps to customize it and give it a new look.

1 – Changing Background and Text Colour with Commands

Open the Command Prompt by typing "cmd" into the start menu search box and pressing Enter.
Type "color /" (without the quotes) into the Command Prompt and press Enter. A list of available colours will appear. To change to colour of the text and background, type the command "color bt" where "b" is the number or letter for the colour of the background and "t" is the number or letter for the colour of the text. For example, to get green text on a black background, type "color 02." To get black text on a white background, type "color F0." If you forget which character matches to which colour, type "color /" again to see the list.

2 – Using the Command Prompt Properties Window
Type "cmd" into the start menu search box again. Right-click on the Command Prompt when it appears in the search results and click "Properties."
Go to the "Font" tab to change the font type that you want to use in the Command Prompt. There aren't many available due to the inherent limitations of the feature. Here you can also change the font size. You'll see a preview in the bottom of the window. Click "Apply" when you are happy with the changes.
In the "Layout" tab, you can configure the size of the Command Prompt window, as well as it's default position on the screen. Unfortunately, unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 does not provide any full-screen option for the Command Prompt.
The "Colors" tab allows you to change the screen background colour and the text colour as covered in the previous step. In this window, however, you can choose from any colour rather than just a few presets. Click "OK" to confirm your changes when you are done.


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