Command Prompt, the command-line interpreter which was available as a command shell in Windows DOS is still a part of Windows operating system. Even though Disk Operating System has been outdated by Windows operating system, we are still working with one of its fragment in the form of Command Prompt. This command prompt is used to manage network devices, connections and also the HDD partitions. With its help you can all kinds of commands, programs and executable files.

In this blog however, we will focus on the steps by which we can customize the command prompt. Yes, you heard it right, we can customize the Command prompt to make it more personalized and also to give it a completely new look.

Open the Command Prompt

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For customizing the command prompt, the first step is to open it.

  • Select Run option or by pressing Windows + R
  • In the Run dialog box enter cmd.

Command prompt window will get opened.

cmd window

Procedure To Customize Command Prompt


The first step to customize the way your Command prompt appears is to open the properties of the command prompt.

1.Right click in the window where Administrator is displayed.

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2.A properties window will appear before you. This window consists of 4 tabs named Options, Font, Layout and Colors.

cmd properties tab

Customization Of Cursor Size And Command History

For customization of the cursor size, command history and edit options select the Options Tab. This tab contains 3 sections which the user can customize as per the need.

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1. Cursor Size

The cursor size can be selected as small, medium or large. The default cursor size is small and works well with most of the users.

2. Command History

The command history compiles the history of all the commands that have been executed in the command prompt. In this there are two options:

  • Buffer Size: The buffer size shows the commands that have been run in the command prompt. You can navigate up and down to see the commands. The default number of commands is 50 which can be extended up to 999.
  • Number of Buffers: It determines the number of concurrent instances of the command prompt you have used different buffers. If you have selected the value to 4, then 4 concurrent windows of command prompt with different buffers will open for you.
  • Discard Old Duplicates option deletes all the duplicate command from the buffer that has been run.

3. Edit Options

  • QuickEdit Mode: This mode when selected enables to cut and paste text from and to the command prompt with the help of the mouse.
  • Insert Mode: This mode enables to enter the text in the command prompt with the help of the keyboard. By default the Insert Mode is selected which can be changes accordingly.

Customization Of Font 

You can customize the font of the Command Prompt by making changes in the Font Tab. You can view the changes made in the preview at the bottom of the window.

1. Size

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You can change the size of the characters by selecting sizes from the options available.

2. Font

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Select the font in which you want the command to appear from the 3 font options available.

Customization Of Command Prompt Window Layout

This tab is used to change the layout of the command prompt window. The three sections of this tab are:

1. Screen Buffer Size

  • Width: This is used to adjust the number of characters that are displayed in a single line in the Command prompt.
  • Height: This is used to adjust the number of lines of commands that are stored in the memory.

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2. Window Size

The width and height options are used to change the size of the command prompt window.

cmd window size edit

3. Window Position

This option is used to select the location of the Command Window from the upper and bottom edges of the computer screen. This position can only be changed if the Let System… option is disabled.

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4. Let System Position Window

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This option when enabled does not allow the user to change the window position manually. The user can drag, drop and also can resize the command prompt.

Changing The Command Prompt Window Color

The Colors Tab is completely designed to change the color that is used in the command prompt. The 4 different options are:

1.Screen Text

This option is used to set the color of the text used in command prompt. The different selected color values available are Red, Blue and Green.


2. Screen Background

This option is used to change the background color of Command prompt window. The different selected color values available are Red, Blue and Green.

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3. Popup Text

This option is used to change the color of text displayed in the pop-up windows that are opened by command window.

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4. Popup Background

This option when chosen changes the background color of the pop-up window which appears due to command prompt.

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With the help of the above mentioned customization options, you can give an all-new look to your Command prompt. This will make your command prompt look more familiar to you than before.

Author: As author of MS Outlook Tools, Peter has experience more than 20 years in IT industry and he is now working with an expert data recovery firm. He has quality expertise in the Office products especially in Microsoft Outlook and love to solve users query by providing excellent solutions.