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Old 2008-11-30, 14:32   #1
henryzz
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Default Command prompt properties

i have found how to fix a quite annoying problem with the command prompt on vista and xp(i havent tested anything on xp but it should work)
it really bugged me how the command prompt only filled half the screen and how text would scroll off the cache at the top
when you have a command prompt open right click the top of the window and click properties(to make it permanent select defaults) then a window will pop up
click the layout tab and there are loads of goodies to mess about with
i have found this quite helpful
the problem was especially annoying with ggnfs factorizations

has anyone done this
do people think it is worth doing
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Old 2008-11-30, 19:12   #2
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Thanks!

I was wondering about this.
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Old 2008-11-30, 20:26   #3
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Old 2008-11-30, 20:42   #4
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For all the computers I have to work on all the time, I change the cmd window defaults...

Create a shortcut on your desktop for cmd.
run that shorcut, right click on the top left corner of that cmd shell, and choose properties, configure to taste
When saving it, it will ask if you want to save it for this window or modify the shortcut that started it.
Choose shortcut. Now, if you need another one, you can create a new shortcut, do the same thing, change the properties of it to something different and now you have two different kinds of cmd console windows with different properties.
You can even modify the position it will come up on the screen to.
Done it for years... that scrawny cmd window is terrible.
I also go into control panel, System, edit environment variables, click new in the 'system' section and add
name: dircmd
option: /o
save it
Now when you open a cmd console and do a directory, it will show all the <directories> first (alphabetized) and then filenames (alphabetized) as it should always be.

Screen "Buffer size", make it larger than "Window size" and you can have a scroll bar on both bottom and side to scroll through.
Especially the height, I make mine
Buffer Height: 9999
Window Height: 45
Now when things scroll off my window, I can scroll back through it to see everything for the past 9,999 lines
also under the shortcut tab you will see a Start in: - I change this to c:\ (or %SystemDrive% ) or wherever you like it to start up in, besides the stupid default of either %SystemRoot% or %userprofile%

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Screen "Buffer size", make it larger than "Window size" and you can have a scroll bar on both bottom and side to scroll through.
If it takes more than one screen to see then it is too complicated for us.

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