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Command Prompt Screen Layouts

Command Prompt Screen Layouts

You are probably already familiar with the Command Prompt section of your Windows XP, right? You know, the place in which you can easily access the apparently hidden, underneath layer of your computer, also known as the good ol’ DOS Prompt page. Well, if you’re not sure, let me explain a little. This actually allows many options that can make some surprise changes in the way your Windows XP operates.

Let’s see how you can modify the options that define the way your DOS Command Prompt screen appears on your monitor, shall we?!

First, you can access this handy little fellow, the DOS Prompt screen, by pressing the Start button, choosing All Programs, then Accessories and then finally Command Prompt.

Now, after opening the Command Prompt, the DOS screen will appear on your monitor. It might come up at any place on your screen and it might be a small sized window panel or it could be a complete full screen window. Either way, you might not like the way it looks.

We can’t have that! So, let’s see if there are some ways we can modify the way the Command Prompt window appears on your desktop screen.

Right click anywhere on the top blue colored section to bring up a small white colored options window. Now, what we are concerned with are the two items at the bottom of the panel, which are the Default and the Properties options.

These two are actually very similar to each other in the way they operate. They both bring up the options window, but there’s also a small difference. When you select the Defaults option, all of the changes you made and the modifications you applied to all of your programs and applications will be saved for all your future uses of the Command Prompt window. On the other hand, if you select the Properties option, it allows the changes only to be made to the current, opened window and they will not be saved as the default layout mode.

Now, let’s continue our exploring of the Command Prompt window by selecting the Properties option. After the options window comes up, please select the Layout tab.

As you can see in the image, there are three main modifiable options to be selected. The first one is the Screen Buffer Size, which defines the way you are going to handle the screen size, in width and height. This is based on the push of your system’s memory or RAM. In fact, the larger the numbers, the more memory power your system will use.

In many cases, especially when you open the Command Prompt screen for the first time, you can see some predefined values for the buffer size option selected. This is nice if you trust your system to not increasing the numbers in too high of figures. More numbers mean larger allowable screens, but at the same time, more bytes of your memory are being consumed.

Now, the second option, which is the most useful, actually defines the size of your Command Prompt window. By adding to the numbers or selecting some lower values, not only can you preview the effect on the small window on the left of the panel, but you are also defining the way the panel will appear in your next time using it.

The third option is the one that can be adjusted the way you want it. It works with personalizing your desktop and the items on it, because through the numbers provided, you can define the pixels used for placing the options window to the right or the left, as well as, the height of where it will be located on your screen. You can deselect the checkbox that says “Let system position window” so you can manually modify the values yourself.

So, as we have experienced, there are some easy steps to personalizing the Command Prompt layout options. So, if you’re one who works with the DOS Command Prompt screen quite often, this will help you to view it the way you like the best!

~ Hamid Reza