How to change font, layout, and color options in command prompt

Updated: 06/22/2018 by Computer Hope

Windows DOS command prompt windowWhen they open the command prompt, most users see a window of a certain size, and a black background with white Consolas font. Thankfully, there are options to change each of these different features. To proceed, make a selection from the list below and follow the instructions.

Note: See the MS-DOS color command if you're looking for help on chaning colors in MS-DOS using a command.

How to change font size and type

  1. Press the Windows key, type CMD, and then press Enter.
  2. Right-click the solid-colored portion at the top of the Window.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Properties.

Command Prompt menu.

  1. At the top of the Window that appears, click the Font tab.
  2. You can change the font size and type in the two sections shown in the red rectangles below.

The font tab.

  1. When you're finished, click the OK button button.

How to change window layout

  1. Press the Windows key, type CMD, and then press Enter.
  2. Right-click the solid-colored portion at the top of the Window.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Properties.

The menu item that opens the properties window for the Command Prompt.

  1. At the top of the Window that appears, click the Layout tab.
  2. In this window, you may change the default window size, where the CDM window opens on the screen, and then screen buffer size.

The layout ab.

  1. When you're finished, click the OK button in Windows 10 button.

How to change font and background colors

  1. Press the Windows key, type CMD, and then press Enter.
  2. Right-click the solid-colored portion at the top of the Window.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Properties.

Command Prompt menu with Properties.

  1. At the top of the Window that appears, click the Colors tab.
  2. Under this tab, you may select either Screen Text or Screen Background, and then adjust the color settings and opacity.

The colors tab.

  1. When you're finished, click the The OK button in Windows 10 . button.

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