A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips, Tricks & Cool Things You Can Do.

Although Windows settings provide easy access for configuring most things, the Command Prompt — elevated or otherwise — can be indispensable in a number of scenarios, especially when you know how to take advantage of it.

Sometimes settings can be applied by typing a few characters instead of clicking through a series of menus, while other times there simply isn’t any other way to perform an operation except with command lines.

We’ve compiled a list of things that you can do in the Windows Command Prompt, including some commands everyone should know for general usage, more advanced ones for tweaking or troubleshooting your PC, as well as lesser known and less practical Command Prompt features. Our list of tips and tricks below has been organized from briefest and most useful, to more complex and risky…

Stop any command mid-operation
Since you might be testing some commands… pressing Ctrl + C will cancel a command that you’ve already entered and allow you to begin typing another one, while typing cls will clear the current window of any commands that you’ve entered.

Drag and drop folders to insert a directory path
Directory paths don’t have to be typed in the first place. Aside from being able to copy/paste text and tab through directories, you can drag and drop a folder directly into the Command Prompt window to automatically insert the location.