How to Reconfigure the Command Prompt

Working with the command prompt can be boring. It is so last decade. But Microsoft still has a use for it. So here is a way to Reconfigure the Command Prompt to fit your needs.

Here is the basic command prompt window that will allow you to make the modifications. There are three ways to make the changes.

  1. Right-click on a shortcut for a Command Prompt provides the Properties option. Changes you make here affect all future Command Prompt sessions launched from that particular shortcut.
  2. Next click the Start, go to programs and select accessories. The Command prompt option appears so right click. This allows you to have access to the Properties dialog box. There are nine tabs available that will let you reconfigure the command prompt properties. Changes you make here affect the current session. However, when you leave the properties dialog box, you will 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 also use the new settings.



  1. Right click the Control menu icon in the Command Prompt window and choose Defaults. From the Control menu, this lets you make changes that will not affect the current session rather it will affect all future sessions (except for those launched from a shortcut whose properties have been customized).


These changes also affect future sessions in character-mode such as MS-DOS-based applications, which do not have a program-information file (PIF) and do not store their own settings.

The Options tab offers a variety of options that affect how your Command Prompt window operates. The QuickEdit and the Insert Mode are to notable features that let you change your settings quickly. The QuickEdit Mode option provides an easy way to copy text from (and paste text into) Command Prompt windows with a mouse. If you don’t select QuickEdit Mode, you can use commands on the Control menu for copying and pasting text.

The Insert Mode allows you to insert text at the cursor position. Clearing the Insert Mode check box setting will allow you to overstrike characters instead.

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