Microsoft DOS prompt command

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About prompt

C: promptThe prompt command allows you to change the MS-DOS prompt to display more or less information.

Availability

The prompt command is an internal command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

All Versions of MS-DOS
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows 8

Syntax

Windows Vista and later syntax
Windows XP and earlier syntax

Windows Vista and later syntax

PROMPT [text]

[text] Specifies a new command prompt.

The prompt can be made up of normal characters and the below special codes:

$A & (Ampersand)
$B | (pipe)
$C ( (Left parenthesis)
$D Current date
$E Escape code (ASCII code 27)
$F ) (Right parenthesis)
$G > (greater-than sign)
$H Backspace (erases previous character)
$L < (less-than sign)
$N Current drive
$P Current drive and path
$Q = (equal sign)
$S (space)
$T Current time
$V Windows version number
$_ Carriage return and linefeed
$$ $ (dollar sign)

If Command Extensions are enabled the PROMPT command supports the following additional formatting characters:

$+ zero or more plus sign (+) characters depending upon the depth of the PUSHD directory stack, one character for each level pushed.
$M Displays the remote name associated with the current drive letter or the empty string if current drive is not a network drive.

Windows XP and earlier syntax

PROMPT [text]

[text] Specifies a new command prompt.

The prompt can be made up of normal characters and the below special codes:

$Q = (equal sign)
$$ $ (dollar sign)
$T Current time
$D Current date
$P Current drive and path
$V Windows version number
$N Current drive
$G > (greater-than sign)
$L & (less-than sign)
$B | (pipe)
$H Backspace (erases previous character)
$E Escape code (ASCII code 27)
$_ Carriage return and linefeed

Type prompt without parameters to reset the prompt to the default setting.

Examples

prompt $t $d$_$p$g

Display the time and the date above your prompt when in DOS.

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