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how to turn your Windows Command Prompt (CMD.exe) into a powerful tool.|
By default, the Windows command line is not well configured: not enough lines of scrollback, no QuickEdit mode, etc., therefore many people don't use it. but with a few steps, some how-to-use knowledge, and tools like swiss file knife and depeche view, working with the command line is faster than anything else.
Configure the Windows Command Prompt this way: 1. create a command line shortcut on your desktop: - over Start/Programs/Accessories/Command Prompt, press right mouse button, then select Copy. - go to an empty place on the desktop. - select Paste. 2. on the new desktop shortcut, press right mouse button, then select Properties. 3. in the Command Prompt Properties, set- Options: activate QuickEdit and Insert mode. - Font : select 7 x 12 - Layout : Screen buffer size: Width 160, Height 3000 Window size : Width 160, Height 304. close Properties by clicking OK. 5. double-click on the Command Prompt icon to open a shell. Now you have a well configured power shell: - any command output is remembered up to 3000 lines, so even with long directory listings, you can always scroll back. - you may select any text you see with the left mouse button, then click right button to copy the text to clipboard. - once you copied something to clipboard, click right button again to paste text from clipboard. this way you can copy/paste file- names very quickly in the command prompt, running file copies etc. much faster than by any explorer click-around. - to pause a program that dumps output to the shell, do a dummy-select of text with the left mouse button. to continue program execution, press right button, or enter. Automatic Command Completion Question: how do you enter the directory VeryMuchToTypeFooBarSystem ? Answer 1: type "cd verymuchtotypefoobarsystem" this is actually what most users do, and it's a waste of time. Answer 2: type "cd very" and then press the TAB key. since Windows XP, command completion is default. Under Win98, completion it is NOT default, but can be activated through regedit: set the registry entryHKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Command Processor CompletionCharto value 9 which is the code of the TAB key. sfk and the realtime text viewer depeche view, and experience how power searching and processing of whole directory trees can boost up your daily work.