Hi There, this is Techtipslive once again and welcome to a new blog. Here we are going to discuss about 5 Less Known CMD Tips & Tricks. So, let’s get started…
Now if your work revolves around computers like programming or app development
or even when we do simple tasks like troubleshooting your internet, or rooting
your android then we have to use cmd, in some way or the other So, here are 5 lesser-known
cmd tips tricks that are useful in a practical situation. And with that being said let’s get started discussing about 5 Less Known CMD Tips & Tricks.
#1 How to open CMD,
Now most of you already know how to open a cmd.
You type cmd on the start menu and hit enter
or press Win+R to open the run box and then type cmd and hit enter
And this will open your command prompt in the current user directory.
Quite basic stuff. Right?
But sometime, you will need to open cmd in different directories.
Like, say, if you are rooting your android then you will have to open cmd in any directory.
Now you can always use a cd command and navigate to any directory.
but there is a quicker way.
hold down the shift key and right-click on the explorer window
then select ‘open cmd here’ option. And this will open cmd in that current directory.
Or what I like to do is, type cmd in the explorer address bar and press
enter This will do the same thing.
But, do you know you can also execute the commands
directly from windows run box,
when you want to check if the internet is up or not
you open the cmd and ping a website like google.
And if you get a reply this means your internet is working,
Now for me, I often use this command to check my internet connectivity
or let say you use any other command quite frequently,
so for that, you can run the same command directly
from run box
by typing cmd /c followed by the command line for this instance
cmd /c ping google.com
and hit enter.
So, this will open the cmd, carry out the instruction and close the window
If you keep the windows open then replace /c with /k
Now, the beauty of this trick is RUN box stores history,
so next time you want to carry out same command simply open run box
and use the up/down arrow key.
Also, you can use it to automate for other stuff.
Like, I often use it to open multiple programs with
cmd without having to create the .bat file
Overall, this can come in handy, if you know how to use it right.
#2 Schedule a Shutdown
Now, I know most of you already know about it
but still it’s so useful that it’s worth mentioning again.
So let say you are watching a movie or
downloading a large file…
But after some time you start feeling sleepy
and now you would like to schedule a shutdown
So how do you do it?
Well, you can always use a software if you want
but there is a built-in command as well.
Simply open your cmd and type in
Shutdown -s -t 3600
and it will shut down your computer in an hour.
but say, later you decided to abort or cancel it
then type shutdown -a
now you can also use this command
to schedule a restart by using different parameter
So how do I know which parameter should I use?
Well, you can always type in the command followed a space and then the keyword help
this works for all the commands in cmd.
Overall, I use this shutdown quite a lot when I upload a video at night
and make sure my computer automatically turns off once
the work is done.
And BTW, this command also works in Linux and Mac terminal.
#3 Find out the history of commands
Usually, when using a command prompt we use the same command with some modification.
like say, If I want to check my internet connection then I will do
now, say I want to continuously monitor my internet traffic
for that, I will add the -t parameter.
But instead of typing the whole command once again,
What I can do is
use the up and down arrow key. to see my previously used commands.
But, I know most you already know that.
However, this up/down arrow key become tedious if have used too many commands
then you can type dos key /history and it will list all the commands.
But even then, you have to manually copy them
to use them.
So instead press f7 key with that you will be able to switch between
commands and hit enter
to execute them
#4 How to make cmd window fullscreen
Sometimes, you need to use cmd in full screen but from Windows Vista onwards,
cmd can’t be made full screen due to the introduction of display drivers.
Now you can always turn off the display drivers and
then made the cmd full screen.
But there is a better way to do that.
and type in wmic
short for (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line
(WMIC).) and hit enter.
Now, if you press the resize button and we have the full screen.
But we don’t have to use this command anymore,
so let’s close it by typing exit.
And you can still resize your window the way you want
But Off course this full-screen feature will only work for the current cmd session.
#5 How to copy stuff on cmd
Unlike mac or Linux terminal cmd do not have
out of the box support for copy and pasting
But that quite important? for instance,
Say you want to copy the command from a web page to
your cmd or sometimes you want to copy your command’s
output to a text file
So how do we do that?
Well there 3 ways to copy stuff,
1> You have to enable quick edit, which is turned off by default
To do that
Right-click on cmd’s border and under options select ‘quick edit’.
Now you can copy stuff from outside
and if you right-click in the cmd, it will be pasted in the cmd.
Similarly, to copy from within,
highlight the text using your mouse and then while holding your mouse hit ctrl+c
to copy the stuff on the clipboard.
2> way to copy text is by using the clip command.
like if I want to copy the output of ipconfig, without typing that on the screen
ipconfig | clip
and this will copy the output on the clipboard without putting anything on the screen.
3> and probably the best time saver method is to use the pipe command
For instance, Say I my friend ask me what movies do I have
so, I can quickly give me a list by
going to my movie folder open cmd and type
dir > movies.txt and this will save the name in the text file
called movies which I can mail him easily.
Now, this is just one practical example
but you can use it to save logs of your commands.
Overall, I used it less, but when I do, it saves a lot of time when needed.
==== Well these were some time-saving
tips and tricks for cmd.
If you would like to see a full tutorial on ping command, ipconfig,
or how to move around in cmd etc
If you have any query related to 5 Less Known CMD Tips & Tricks, then let me know in the comments below.