Top 5 Command Prompt Tricks That Will Make Your Life Easier

Command Prompt is a tool used to perform various task with the help of particular commands. You can almost control your whole computer using command prompt. Although its looks like a stone age tool but still we need it for executing some important commands. So today we have written some of the most useful command prompt tricks that will definitely make your life easier.

1 – Launch Command Prompt in Folder 

Every time when we launch command prompt it is in user folder(C:UserYourUsername) or system (C:WindowsSystem32) folder. Suppose if we want to execute a following command in some other folder so we usually launch command prompt from start menu and type the command to navigate to that particular folder. So instead of following such a lengthy procedure we can simply launch command prompt in a particular folder with the same folders path. Here how we can do it :

  • Navigate to the folder where you want to execute the command.
  • Hold shift key and Right click within the folder, As you can see now we have the option to open command window here. 

  • Just click Open command window here to open command prompt directly with your folders path.

2 – Run Command Prompt As Administrator

Of course we can right click command prompt and select run as administrator from the start menu, But instead of right clicking command prompt every time we can simply press Ctrl+ Shift + Enter to launch command prompt as administrator.

If you are using windows 8 or higher version, you can simply right click windows button and select Command Prompt (Admin ) to run command prompt as administrator.

Or if you want to access command prompt quickly everytime then we can create a shortcut and make the shortcut run as administrator.
  • So first navigate to :
  • C:WindowsSystem32 and search for cmd.exe
  • After finding cmd right click it and select Send to and further select Desktop (Create Shortcut).

  • Now a shortcut of command prompt will be created on your desktop, but if you open it, it won’t run as administrator. So to run it as administrator every time we need to make the following changes.
  • Right click the shortcut file and select Properties.
  • Now under the shortcut tab select Advanced..

  • A new window will pop up and there you can select (tick) Run as administrator and click ok to save the desire changes.

  • Now when ever you will launch the shortcut it will open with administrative rights.

3 – Enable Copy – Paste in Command Prompt 

Command prompt doesn’t allow us to use copy-paste hotkeys. But it has a QuickEdit Mode where we can easily copy anything in command prompt by simply dragging your mouse over the text and pressing enter. And to paste anything we can simply press right mouse key (Right click). So to enable this quick edit mode follow the steps given below :
  • Click the command prompt icon and select Properties.

  • Now under the Edit Options simply select (tick) Quick edit mode.

  • That’s it now you can quickly copy some text  by simply dragging your mouse over the text and pressing enter. And to paste some text we can simply use right mouse click.

4 – Know What the Command Does

We usually forget how a following command works or how to use it. This is not a big deal we can simply add /? to a command to know what this command does or how to use it.
For Example – If you type copy/? command then it will show :
What copy command does ?
How to use copy command and some other information related to it.

5 – Change Command Prompts Look & Feel

If you are bored with the old look of command prompt then you should definitely try this. To customize the look of command prompt just follow the steps given below :
  • Click on command prompt icon and select Properties.
  • Now navigate to colors tab and just change the colors according to your needs.

Use this tips daily. These command prompt tricks can save a lot of time. Also check our article on Top 5 Computer Tricks that every Geek Shoud Know.


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