How to Customize Windows 10 Command Prompt

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Command Prompt is a useful tool, and it has been around for as long as I can remember. You can always continue using it as is, or you can add a little personalization for aesthetic purposes. This tutorial will help you see how you can easily customize command prompt on Windows 10 computers.

The process is pretty straightforward. Just follow these instructions, and you will have a personalized command prompt that doesn’t look like the boring old default black-n-white version.

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Customize Command Prompt on Windows 10

You can change command prompt settings in two ways. You can either use the Defaults option or the Properties option. When you use the Defaults option to customize the prompt, the changes will be applied to future command prompt sessions but not the current ones. The changes you made will be applied to all future sessions no matter what shortcut you use to open Command Prompt.

If you use the Properties settings, the changes will be applied to both current and future settings. However, these settings will be applied only to the shortcut whose settings you customized. If you access the prompt using a different shortcut than before, the settings will not have changed there.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to customize settings using the Defaults option. You can customize it using the Properties option, as well. The steps are all the same; instead of clicking on Defaults, you would just need to click on Properties.

Customize Command Prompt Cursor

Step-1: Go to the Start Menu and type cmd. Click Open.

Start Menu
Step-2: Once the prompt opens, right-click on the title bar and click on Defaults. [You can click on Properties here if you wish to change settings for only one shortcut]

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Defaults
Step-3: Under the Options tab, you can change the cursor size depending on what you want. After you select your option, click OK.

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Custom Font Size in Command Prompt

  1. Go to the Start Menu and type cmd. Click Open.
  2. Right-click on the title bar and select Defaults.
  3. Click on the Fonts tab.Customize Command Prompt
  4. Change the size if you don’t like the default font size under the Size section. Under Font, you can also change the font and bold it by checking the Bold fonts box. After you are done, click OK.

Customize Command Prompt

Custom Layout

  1. Go to the Start Menu, type cmd, and click Open.
  2. Right-click the title bar and click on Defaults.
  3. Select the Layout tab. Layout
  4. With the Screen Buffer Size option, you will change how much content you can view and scroll in the Command Prompt. To ensure that you can change the width, uncheck the Wrap text output on resize box. Customize Command Prompt
  5. With the Window Size option, you can change the width and height of the command prompt window. Personalize Command Prompt
  6. Under the Window Position section, you can change the position the command prompt opens in. To modify this, uncheck the Let system position window box. Personalize Command Prompt
  7. After you are happy with the changes, click OK.

    Personalize Command Prompt

Custom Color and Transparency

  1. Go to the Start menu, type cmd, and click Open.
  2. Right-click on the title bar and select Defaults.
  3. Select the Colors tab. Personalize Command Prompt
  4. You can individually change the colors for the items on the left side of the menu. You can select the colors from the color panel provided or adjust the colors using the RGB values on the right. Personalize Command Prompt
  5. To figure out what the exact values should be to get the color of your choice, google RGB color picker and use the slider provided to get the RGB values. RGB color picker
  6. You can also make the console window semi-transparent. In the Opacity section, use the slider to adjust the transparency. Opacity
  7. Once you are satisfied with the changes, click OK.

Finalize changes

Now close your current command prompt and open it again to see all your personalized command prompt. Doesn't it look super different?

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