Customizing Command Prompt Windows

You can customize the appearance of a Command Prompt window in several ways . You can change its size, select a font, and even use eye-pleasing colors . And you can save these settings independently for each shortcut that launches a Command Prompt session so that you can make appropriate settings for different tasks .

To customize a Command Prompt window, you make settings in a properties dialog box that you can reach in any of three ways:

• Right-click a shortcut that opens a Command Prompt window, and choose Properties from the shortcut menu. Changes you make here affect all future Command Prompt sessions launched from this shortcut.

• Click the Control menu icon in a Command Prompt window, and choose Properties from the Control menu. (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 have the new properties

• Click the Control menu icon in a Command Prompt window, and choose Defaults from the Control menu. Changes here do not affect the current session . Instead, they affect all future sessions, except those launched from a shortcut whose properties you have modified. They 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

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