Here are some basic Command Prompt tricks and tips to help a Windows while using the CMD in Windows 8 or Windows 7.
Command Prompt Tricks & Tips
1. You can customize your black cmd any way you want. Click on the black cmd icon which appears in the top left side of the title bar and select Properties. Here you can change options, fonts, layout and colors too.
2. You cannot use Ctrl+V or Ctrl+C to paste or copy.
You can simply right click in the cmd and select paste to paste the copied text.
To copy, you have to right click inside the cmd, select Mark and then drag the highlighted box to the text you want to copy. Right click on the text. It will automatically get copied.
Alternatively, open the Properties box and from the Options tab, select Quick Edit option. Now you will be able to copy as usual.
3. Rather than typing the full path of a file, you can simply drag and drop the file. The full path will get entered.
4. To auto complete file paths, type the first part of the path, say E:\ . Now click on Tab. All available file names & folders will be cycled.
5. Pressing arrow up selects a previous command from your command history; similarly, arrow down selects the next command. To see your complete command prompt history, press the F7 key.
6. You can see the Command history in a session, by pressing the F7 key. You can also type doskey /history in the cmd windows, to see the the command history in the command prompt itself.
7. Need help with CMD ?If you know a command but aren’t sure how it works, suffix the command with ‘/’ or ‘?’ and execute it. If the command is valid, the command prompt will give you all the information related to it.
Incidentally, running cmd in full screen mode, by pressing Alt+Enter, is no longer supported, from Windows Vista onwards. But you can check this post for a work around of sorts.
Watch video at TWCF : How to customize the Command Prompt window.
Looking for more? Check out these advanced CMD Tricks for Windows 7 | 8.