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In MS Windows, cmd.exe is the primary shell access.


The Windows NT Command Shell (Ch2 of “Windows Shell Scripting)
Command-line reference A-Z
An A-Z Index of the Windows NT/XP command line


adjust cmd properties
Stupid Command Prompt Tricks
Speedy cmd-prompt navigation for sub-dirs
Get the most from the command prompt


All DOS, all the time


Five Windows command prompt tips every IT pro should know - tips, shortcuts, etc. some batchfiles







Auto Run

From a LockerGnome article


  1. If you frequently open a command-line window by typing “cmd” at the Run prompt, you may not be happy with the default directory Windows picks.
  2. Change it by using RegEdit to open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\CommandProcessor.
  3. Make a new String Value and call it AutoRun. The value should be set to CD /D C:\
    • Note, always make a backup of your registry before you modify it! (okay, so I hardly ever do this in practice)


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"="prompt $G"



I haven’t had any luck getting prompt-changes to persist. But I can use the above technique with the setting prompt $G and have a nice, tidy little prompt.
No idea if you can set the AutoRun to multiple lines....




CMD /? for several pages of info



quick shortcuts

  1. Pressing arrow up selects a previous command from your command history; similarly, arrow down selects the next command.
  2. Pressing F7 pops up your command history list.
  3. You can drag n’ drop files or folders from an explorer window into a command prompt; this inserts the quoted path as if you had manually pasted it.
  4. Tab completion is fully supported; type edit *.ini then hit TAB to iterate through all matches. Use SHIFT+TAB to move to the previous match. This works for partial filenames as you would expect, and in all commands.


Win7 run as administrator

how to open an admin-privileged shell
several methods of creating a shortcut for an admin-privileged shell



Misc Tips

Ctrl-c to exit data entry/script-running/etc.
cls is windows clear



See Also





CommandLine shells DOS win32



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