How to personalize Command Prompt in Windows 10

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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Command Prompt is one of the most powerful features of Microsoft’s Windows. We use it to perform more or less complex system-related actions, fix various problems, etc. Usually, this tool is used by tech-savvy Windows users, but there are plenty of actions average users can perform as well.

This feature also has one of the simplest user interfaces in the whole Windows ecosystem. That’s mainly because users don’t pay much attention to Command Prompt’s design, but instead focus on what it can do. However, interface and visual features of command prompt can be changed, so if you got bored by the standard, black interface of Command Prompt, you can actually personalize it.

How to change Command Prompt’s appearance in Windows 10

To personalize Command Prompt in Windows 10, and any other version of Windows, you just need to open it as Administrator, and enter its Properties. There, you’ll be able to change the font color, font size, background color, layout, and more.

To open Command Prompt as Administrator, and access the Properties section, do the following:

  1. Right-click the Start Menu, and go to Command Prompt (Administrator)
  2. Now, just right-click Command Prompt’s title bar, and choose Properties.

Once you open the Properties window, you have the option to customize Command Prompt by your heart’s desire. You’ll find Options, Font, Layout, and Colors windows, where you can change various functionality and visual features. Let’s see what the Command Prompt Properties window offers, tab by tab.

The first tab is the Options tab. Here you can adjust cursor size, and change various text options. You can enable Quick Mode, Insert Mode, text wrapping, and more. You can also switch to the Legacy Console, which is the previous version of Command Prompt. To see the changes between the Legacy Console the newest version, check out this article.

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Next is the Font window. As its name says, you can change the font family and size of the console in this window. Once you change the font size, Command Prompt’s window will also change. However, there are just two font families you can choose from: Consolas, and Lucida Console. You can also set bold fonts in this window.

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On the Layout window, you can change the window size, screen buffer size, and window position. But these options are not so important, because you can resize Windows manually, with your mouse.

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And finally, the Colors tab lets you choose various colors for the console. You can choose the background color, text color, popup text color, and popup background color. Choosing a new color for Command Prompt can be a refreshment, since you probably got used to its standard black and white environment. You can even change the window’s opacity, to almost blend with the background.

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There you go, although these customization are pretty small, you still can give Command Prompt some kind of a personal touch. There are not so many personalization options mainly because Microsoft imagined Command Prompt to be the most powerful tool in Windows, not the prettiest.

Do you use a personal customization for Command Prompt on your computer? Or you prefer the traditional look? Tell us in the comments.

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