[Review] Windows 10 Command Prompt (Console)
UPDATE: The Command Prompt review has been updated with new information and screenshots for Windows 10 final RTM version.
Apart from the new Start Menu, metro apps running in windowed mode on desktop, multiple desktops, etc, there is another program present in Windows 10 which has been improved a lot. Many people might not have noticed it.
We are talking about "Command Prompt" here which is also known as DOS Prompt, Console Host, etc. Command Prompt in Windows was always ignored by Microsoft in newer Windows versions but it seems Microsoft has decided to improve this program in Windows 10.
In Windows 10, Command Prompt has received lots of improvements and new features which we are going to talk about in this exclusive article.
If you don't know how to open Command Prompt, you can launch it using CMD command in RUN dialog box or by going to Start Menu -> All Apps -> Windows System -> Command Prompt shortcut.
When you launch Command Prompt for the first time in Windows 10, you'll get a fresh looking interface which looks similar to Linux Console. The fonts have been changed. Also the size of the window has been increased.
Following are a few neat features which we like the most in this new Command Prompt version in Windows 10:
ALT+F4 Hotkey Now Works to Close Command Prompt Window
ALT+F4 is a universal keyboard shortcut to close a running program window but unfortunately this keyboard shortcut never used to work for closing Command Prompt window in previous Windows versions and we had to use EXIT command to close Command Prompt window. Thanks to Microsoft, now this keyboard shortcut works in Windows 10.
Now you can close a running Command Prompt window using ALT+F4 hotkey in Windows 10.
CTRL+C, CTRL+V and Other CTRL Hotkeys Also Work in Command Prompt
We frequently use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste text/files/folders/etc in various programs. Now these keyboard shortcuts also work in Command Prompt window to copy/paste text strings.
Apart from Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, other similar hotkeys such as CTRL+A to select all and CTRL+F to open Find dialog box also work in Windows 10 Command Prompt.
Maximizes to Full Screen Size, Aero Snap Also Works
In previous Windows versions, when you maximize Command Prompt window, it doesn't maximize to full screen size. Now in Windows 10, the Command Prompt window can be maximized to take full screen area.
Also all Aero Snap features work in Command Prompt window such as moving the window to top of the screen to maximize it, etc.
ALT+Enter Hotkey for Full Screen Mode
The good ol' ALT+Enter keyboard shortcut to put Command Prompt in Full Screen mode is back in Windows 10. Microsoft removed this ability in previous Windows versions such as Windows 7, Windows 8, etc but now the popular ALT+Enter hotkey is back.
You can just press ALT+Enter keys together to show Command Prompt in full screen mode. You can again press the same keys together to exit from full screen mode.
Thanks to our reader "Ashfaq" for sharing about this feature...
Automatic Text Wrapping upon Window Resize
That's a welcome change. In previous Windows, when you resized a Command Prompt window, the text inside window never used to wrap and some of the text portion always disappeared.
Now in Windows 10, when you resize Command Prompt window, it automatically wraps the text to fit the width of window.
Transparent Command Prompt Window
Now that's a strange and unique feature addition to Command Prompt in Windows 10. As we know Microsoft removed Aero glass transparency from Windows 8 and later Windows versions, but in a strange move Microsoft has added a similar feature to Command Prompt in Windows 10 which is transparency effect.
Now you can make Command Prompt window transparent and can also adjust the transparency level from 30% to 100%.
All these new features are experimental at the moment and can be enabled or disabled using Command Prompt Properties.
To customize these features, right-click on Command Prompt window titlebar and select Properties option.
Now go to "Experimental" tab and here you can turn your desired features on or off.
Some other features added to Command Prompt in Windows 10 are as following:
- Enable line wrapping selection
- Filter clipboard contents on paste
- Extended edit keys
- Trim leading zeros on selection
All these new features are under testing and Microsoft may or may not remove/improve these features in future builds of Windows 10.
"Experimental" tab was added to test new features of Command Prompt in Preview builds of Windows 10. Since the release of final RTM version of Windows 10, Microsoft has removed the "Experimental" tab and all options present in "Experimental" tab have been moved to other available tabs as shown in following image:
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Posted in: Windows 10
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