How to Customize the Windows Command Prompt

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Command prompt customization

Want to change the font, text color, background color or screen size on the Windows Command Prompt? There's an easy way to do it, here's how.

The Command Prompt's white text on black background has been around since DOS was the norm, before the graphic user interface made its debut. If you'd like different colors or wish it was easier to read, follow these directions to change how it looks.

Open the Command Prompt
There are a few ways to open the command prompt:
• Select the Start button. In the search box, type "cmd" (minus quotes), then select cmd.exe.
• Use the Run box. Press Win + R on the keyboard, then type "cmd" or "cmd.exe" (minus quotes) and select OK.
• Use the Windows X menu. Press Win + X on the keyboard and select Command Prompt or Command Prompt (Admin)

The black and white command prompt window we're all familiar with will appear. To start customizing the command prompt, right click on the title bar and choose "Properties". A window will pop up with all the customization options.

Customize the Command Prompt
There are four tabs that allow customization:
Options: change the size of the cursor, enable Quick Edit Mode, opt to use the keyboard Copy and Paste commands, enable line wrapping and more.
• Font: change the font, the font size (from 5 to 72 points), or use bold fonts. The list of available fonts are all monospaced fonts. Monospaced fonts are similar to typewriter fonts, they have the same amount of space between each character and make text easier to read. Windows has only a handful of  monosapaced fonts, but you can add a new font to the list by downloading Microsoft's recently released monospaced font called Cascadia Code. Download it from their GitHub site, click on the file and choose Install. It will then be available as a font choice in the command prompt font list. If there are other monospaced fonts you like, you can install them the same way.
• Layout: change the window size, window position and the screen buffer size.
• Colors: change the screen text color, screen background color, the pop up text and pop up background colors, and the color opacity. Colors are limited to 16 colors (including black and white) though it shouldn't be hard to find a combination that's easy on the eyes.

The Command Prompt is a great tool for getting things done quickly. Customizing it makes it easier to work with and changing the colors, fonts, and font sizes is particularly helpful for people with vision issues. Not sure what to do with the command prompt or want to expand the ones you use already? Check out this list of most of the command prompt commands and what they do.

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If you want your chosen layout to stick you need to uncheck the "Let the system position window" option, and if you want your customisation to apply to all console windows (Command and PowerShell, standard and elevated) you need to make the changes in the defaults rather than properties section.

A quick way to change and set the layout is to first drag/resize the window to suit then go into the properties>layout tab and note down the new values there then go into defaults>layout and set these same values.

Thanks for extra information. :)

Good article - thanks