CMD Tips and Tricks


Pinoy Techie
1. Personalize your Command Prompt (cmd)
Windows Command Prompt is white text on a black background on its default. If you get bored with that, then let’s change its color.

On cmd type in: color /?

Specify the desired color by typing in “color XX”. First digit was for the background color and the second digit was for the font color.

For example color 09

Another example: color 0C

To return on its default color setting, just type-in: color
It’ll go back to black and white.

2. Personalize Command Prompt without Commands
  • If you want to change the color without entering commands, just click the Command Prompt icon and select “Properties”
  • Command Prompt Properties dialog box will appear.

  • In the dialog box, we can change the cursor size on ‘Options’ tab.
  • The font face and size on the Font tab.
  • The sizes of the screen buffer and window; as well as the window position on the Layout tab.
  • And on the Colors tab, we can change the colors of the screen text, the screen background, the popup text, and the popup background. Selected color values were on it too, that’s for mixing the RGB for the color combination that you want.
3. Open a Command Prompt from the Desktop Right-Click Menu
Most of us manually open the command prompt and typing a path to open a directory at the command prompt. But there’s a fast and easy way to do it.

Just hold down the Shift key and right-click on the desktop.

CMD can also be opened by a right-click on any folder icon in the system while holding down the shift key…

And inside of any folder too:

4. Using CMD to check if there were hackers on your wifi connection
  • Right click on cmd and ‘Run as Administrator’
  • Find the computer name, IP address, and MAC address (a.k.a Physical or Hardware address)of your computer by typing: ipconfig/all
  • Press Enter
  • Open your browser and visit or depending on your router.
  • Look for “Attached Devices” tab or something similar to it
  • If there were some strange devices displayed on your router besides from your computer, then somebody is using your wifi. Setup or change your password immediately.
5. Use CMD to repair Shortcut Virus on flash drives and memory cards
  • Right click on cmd and ‘Run as Administrator’
  • Type-in the following: attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d drive_letter:\*.*
  • Hit Enter
  • All files and folders will be normal and you will be able to delete the shortcuts, created by the virus.
  • Note: Be sure you've typed the drive letter (e.g. j:,h: or D instead of "drive_letter" in the command line. Example : attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d D:\*.*
6. Using CMD to scan your computer with System File Checker (SFC)
For slow and frequently hanging computers.
  • Right click on cmd and ‘Run as Administrator’
  • Type-in the following: sfc /scannow
  • Enter
  • SFC will now verify the integrity of every protected operating system file on your computer.
  • After the scan is complete, restart your computer.
    SFC is a tool that repairs and restores missing or corrupted system files.
    Note: There’s a space between sfc and /scannow
7. Using CMD for USB drives which can’t be formatted by computer’s OS
  • Start
  • Run
  • cmd
  • Enter
  • Type-in: format j: /FS:FAT32
Note: Replace J with the drive you want to format

8. Using CMD to create a Matrix effect
  • Open your notepad
  • Copy and paste the following code into your text pad:
    @echo off
    color 02
    echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random%
    goto start
  • Save the above file as matrix.bat [The name of the file may be anything but the file must be saved of .bat format]
  • Close the notepad and open the matrix.bat file.
  • Just press ‘CTRL+C’ to stop the matrix effect and press ‘Y’ to exit CMD.
Have a nice day guys!

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