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Make command prompt transparent in Windows 10

Make command prompt transparent in Windows 10

In Linux, I use a semi-transparent terminal app. It does not add any functionality as such to the terminal, but gives a fancy appearance to my console. With Windows 10, Microsoft added the same ability to the good old command processor, cmd.exe. If you are interested in making your command prompt transparent, here is how it can be done.

How to set aliases for the command prompt in Windows

How to set aliases for the command prompt in Windows

In this article, I would like to share with you a useful way to define aliases for the command prompt. The method described in this article works in all modern Windows versions including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7. By following the steps below, you will be able to define any desired alias to extend the functionality of the default command processor (cmd.exe) and save your time.

Open command prompt fullscreen in Windows 10

Open command prompt fullscreen in Windows 10

In previous versions of Windows, you had the ability to enter fullscreen mode for the command prompt. Windows XP was the last version where this worked. In Windows Vista, Microsoft removed the fullscreen mode leaving us with a small black window. Recently, I covered that in Windows 10, the command prompt has been improved significantly by adding lots of new features. Now, with build 9879 of Windows 10, Microsoft has restored the ability to go fullscreen for the command prompt. Let's see how.

The command prompt has been further improved in Windows 10

The command prompt has been further improved in Windows 10

Microsoft has released their brand new Windows 10 for public testing. The Technical Preview build comes with a set of experimental options for the command prompt (cmd.exe) and other console-based tools such as PowerShell which can improve their usability. Here are the notable improvements.

How to open the printer queue from the command line or with a shortcut

How to open the printer queue from the command line or with a shortcut

If you have a local or network printer connected to your PC, you may need to open its queue or printing status window occasionally to remove print jobs which have got stuck or pause printing. I would like to share with you a tip which will allow you to access the printing queue directly with one click. It is possible with the help of a special rundll32 command. Let's see how it can be done.

How to make the echo command without new line in Windows

How to make the echo command without new line in Windows

By default, the echo command adds a new line character to its output. For example, if you print some environment variable, the output will be appended with an extra line. The extra line can create a problem if you wish to copy the output to the clipboard to be used in another command. Today we will see how to get rid of the new line character in the echo command output at the command prompt.

Command prompt hotkeys in Windows 8 and Windows 7

Command prompt hotkeys in Windows 8 and Windows 7

The command prompt in Windows 8 and Windows 7 is the shell environment where you can run text-based console tools and utilities by typing commands. It's UI is very simple and does not have any buttons or graphical commands. But it provides a set of useful hotkeys. Today, I would like to share this list of command prompt hotkeys available in Windows 8 and Windows 7. They should also work in Windows Vista or Windows XP.