CMD Tricks for Windows 8 / 7

If you have been a Windows user for long time, I am sure you must have used Command Prompt. Even today, the CMD helps in performing many advanced administrative functions, and in troubleshooting Windows related issues. We have earlier, already covered some basic Command Prompt Tips. Today we will see some a-bit-more-advanced CMD tricks for Windows 8 / 7.

Command Prompt or CMD Tricks

Copying Error Commands to Clipboard Directly

Many times while performing an operation you get an error. So, you might feel the need for copying and pasting the error to the clipboard before reporting it to the concerned authorities via email or chatting. Well, with this trick you can easily store a command output to a clipboard.

To do this, simply add the command | clip at the end of the command. For e.g. Dir /d | clip.

Finding your IP address, DNS Server address and a lot more

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CMD lets you find out your IP address. To do this:

  • Type ipconfig/ all in the command prompt and press Enter.
  • Once done, the command prompt will return you information on IP address and DNS servers along with information on your host name, node type, primary DNS suffix, etc.

Also, CMD will let you know whether IP Routing, Wins Proxy, and DHCP are enabled or not.

Check if anyone is stealing your Wifi connection

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One highlight of the command prompt is that it can even let you know, if someone is having an unauthorized access to your Local Area Connection and using it. To check follow these steps:

  • Open your web browser and visit http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 or the default IP address for your broadband router.
  • Search for the tab mentioning ‘Attached Devices’ or something similar.
  • Then, find the computer name, IP address and MAC Address or Physical Address or Hardware Address, of your computer. Use the above trick.
  • Next, compare it with those displayed by your router in Step 2. If you notice some strange devices, then there is possibility that your neighbour is sharing internet connection without your consent. Set a password!

Know if someone is hacking your computer/ Trace a Hacker

You can even know if someone is hacking your computer.

  • Execute the netstat -a command and it will return you a list of computers that your computer is connected to.
  • In the results returned, you will find the Proto column giving details on the type of data transmission taking place (TCP or UDP), Local address column giving information on the port with which your computer is connected to an external computer. In addition to this, you will also notice ‘State’ providing you information on the state of the connection (whether a connection is actually established, or waiting for transmission or is “Timed Out”).
  • Thus, it will be easier for you to determine if someone you don’t know is actually connected to your computer or not.

Copy-Paste

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If you have been looking for a new method to copy-paste rather than the conventional one of using the option from the right-click context menu, try this!

  • Right-click on the command Prompt title bar of the window and chose ‘Properties’
  • Then, in the Properties window under the ‘Option’ table enable the ‘Quick Edit Mode’ option. That’s it!
  • Now, you just need to select text string/strings by moving the cursor over it, press the ‘Enter’ key to copy the selected texts to Clipboard and do a left-click to paste it there.

Open the Command Prompt from Any Location

It can be really annoying to execute the cd/chdir command over and over again to get to the right directory you want to work from. With the trick mentioned below, you could open a Command Prompt window from any folder you’re viewing, in Windows. To do this:

  • Open the folder in Windows Explorer and hold Shift key while making a right-click on the folder.
  • Then, select ‘Run command window here’ to open the CMD prompt.
  • Click on the option and you’ll begin a new instance of the Command Prompt, ready and waiting at the right location!

Run multiple commands

You can run multiple command by separating them with &&. This however is subjected to one condition!

  • The command towards the left should be executed first
  • Once it completes successfully then the second command can be made to run. If the first command fails, then the second command will not run.

Let us know if you have any other CMD tricks up your sleeve!

You might want to also check out these posts:

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  2. Watch Star Wars in Windows 7 and Vista, using a hidden  trick
  3. How to enable Telnet through Command Prompt in Windows 7
  4. Access FTP Server using Windows Command Prompt
  5. Full screen command prompt in Windows 7
  6. Add features & color to Windows 7 Command Prompt.
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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • mike dopp

    Don’t forget the F7 key for a list of your history and the tab key to move you through the File system faster.

  • hackerman1

    If you want a REALLY powerfull command-prompt then use “Take Command”:
    http://jpsoft.com/index.php

    There is also a FREE version called “TCC/LE” in both 32 & and 64-bit versions.
    The difference is that the free version doesn´t have all commands, but it´s still a LOT more powerfull than “CMD”….

    It´s very well documented, so it´s no problem finding information about it´s internal functions & commands etc.
    “Take Command” is the successor of 4DOS, the famous replacement for command.com in MS-DOS.
    JP-Soft is a wellknown & respected company so it´s safe to use their software.

    4DOS / Take Command is so powerfull that some people even consider it being a programming language.
    I´ve been programing in 4DOS for years, and you can do a lot of amazing things with it…

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Thanks for posting about these freeware. Should make some good new posts. ;)

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse
  • hackerman1

    All CMD-commands works in Take Command/ TCC.
    You just get a LOT of “extra” commands / functions.
    So it´s no problem to use it instead of CMD….

  • Terenzi Alfonso

    It seems very interesting!

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    Make a Virus that could eject your optical media continuously and automatically and also get to know more command prompt tricks @http://goo.gl/8JPGnl

  • GP

    Thanks for such good tut. is possible copy any files and paste it on USB drive or external drive?

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