Use Ctrl + Mouse Wheel To Zoom Windows 10 Console

In Windows 10, the command prompt was significantly updated. It has a LOT of new features which make it really useful. Starting with Windows 10 build 18272, Microsoft added the ability to zoom the console window using Ctrl + Mouse Wheel. This works in the good old command processor, cmd.exe, WSL, and PowerShell.

Change Command Prompt Transparency With Hotkeys

The Command Prompt is a built-in tool of the Windows operating system available since its first versions. It allows the user to use classic DOS commands (but not all of them in modern Windows versions) as well as Win32 console commands and apps. It is a mature, powerful and extremely useful tool for advanced Windows users. While Microsoft is emphasizing PowerShell in recent builds of Windows 10, the good old cmd.exe app is still widely used in the OS.


With recent updates, the Command Prompt has received a bunch of improvements. For example, you can use an extended set of hotkeys such as:

  • CTRL + A - Select all
  • CTRL + C - Copy
  • CTRL + F - Find
  • CTRL + M - Mark
  • CTRL + V - Paste
  • CTRL + ↑ / CTRL + ↓ - Scroll line up or down
  • CTRL + PgUp / CTRL + PgDn - Scroll whole page up or down

The console window can now be freely resized and opened fullscreen. Also, it supports text selection using the mouse like any other text editor.

You can change the transparency level of any console window with the Ctrl + Shift + mouse wheel sequence, and apply a custom color scheme.

Zoom Windows 10 Console

After upgrading to Win10 Insider build 18272 or later, open any Console window (E.g. launch `Cmd`, `PowerShell`, `WSL`, etc.) and then hit and hold CTRL while scrolling your mouse wheel / trackpad.

In addition, the Command Prompt now follows you system and app theme. When you are using the dark theme, its scroll bar turns dark.

Source: Rich Turner

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Use Ctrl + Mouse Wheel To Zoom Windows 10 Console”

  1. Can someone hack the command prompt in Windows 10 to make it function in Windows 7+8.1?
    Maybe it is just a version check that needs to be disabled…

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