NT/W2K/XP DOS windows options

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Lets go over the NT/W2K/XP DOS windows options.

Open a emulated DOS window:

  • Start
  • Programs
  • Accessories
  • Command Prompt
  • Right-click on the title bar
  • Select Defaults
  • Start
  • Run
  • Open: cmd
  • Right-click on the title bar
  • Select Defaults

Select the first tab, Options. Here you can set the cursor size; display option, either full screen or a window mode; command history; and edit options. The Edit Options include QuickEdit mode which allows you to select and copy and paste DOS text; insert mode; and AutoComplete mode. Command history includes Buffer size which is the number of commands to remember so they can be recalled by scrolling by pressing the up arrow / down arrow.

Select the second tab, Font. Here you can set the default font and font size which selects the window size.

Select the third tab, Layout. Here you set the screen buffer size and the windows size. By setting the screen buffer size to a higher number (mine is at 500), you buffer lines displayed and you will be able to scroll back to see them. You can also set the windows size in colum width and lines.

Select the last tab, Colors. Here you can choose text and background colors.

Experiment with the options to fit your work habits.

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