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16 great tips and tricks in the CMD command line in Windows – commands that are worth knowing

16 great tips and tricks in the CMD command line in Windows 2022

I like to use the console in linux, but sometimes i also use the windows cmd. I decided to make a small list of tips for the Windows console and useful CMD commands in 2022. Hope you like the list and my humor. If you want, you can add your favorite command tips in the comment.

1) CMD everywhere and for everyone

You can run CMD in any directory. Most importantly, you can immediately start working in it in the directory where you ran cmd. You don’t need to use the cd command for this.

run cmd from any folder 2022

2) Draw a tree for yourself (Tree)

You can draw a tree containing directories in cmd by using the tree command. Useful for finding yourself in a maze of directories.

tree
cmd windows tree command

3) Change the look (prompt)

This is a good thing that everyone says is unnecessary and then checks how cool it looks;)

title YOUR_CRAZY_PROMPT_NAME
cmd windows prompt 2022

Small tips, you can use ‘prompt /?‘ and see special characters.

4) Change the look (title)

Another trick that is unnecessary but fun to use. You can rename the CMD window.

title YOUR_CRAZY_TITLE_NAME
cmd title change windows 2022

5) Color your world and CMD

Like a boss 😀 One of my favorite commands thanks to which you can, for example, change the background color to black and the subtitles to green: D

color 02
cmd change color to green 2022

Another option to change the color is to run properties and enter the color tab. Once there you might be interested in the background transparency option… hell yeah

cmd change color properties
cmd change color properties opacity 2022 windows

6) View windows key

Just use the command below and you will see the windows key. I checked the command on Win10 and it worked.

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

7) Who is better – compare files (fc)

Do you like the diff command in linux? Then you will probably like Windows fc. It is used to compare 2 files:

fc example.tf example_copy.tf
cmd prompt fc command 2022

8) Information about interfaces (ipconfig)

Probably one of the most frequently used commands, it allows you to check, for example, the IP address of your machine.

ipconfig
cmd ipconfig command 2022

By using it appropriately, we can, for example, force our computer to get a new IP address (release- releases the address lease, and renew renews).

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns

The latter uses flushdns and clears the DNS resolver cache.

ipconfig flushdns command 2022

9) Check if he is alive (ping)

Speaking of the basics, the ping command cannot be missing. In simple terms, it allows you to check if the machines with a specific address or name are alive and responding.

ping google.com
cmd ping command 2022

10) Are you listening to me – check for open ports (netstat)

A simple command that allows you to quickly check, for example, which ports are open.

netstat -an
cmd netstat search open port

11) Where are you going (pathping)

A bit more advanced version of ping, which also shows the path that the packets are going through.

pathping google.com
cmd pathping command 2022

12) why so long, where have you been (tracert)

A more advanced version of pathping which I sometimes forget because it’s easier for me to remember pathping;)

Here you will find out not only where our packages go, but also how fast.

tracert google.com
cmd tracert command 2022

13) License to kill (taskkill)

Command with a license to kill processes. You can force the program to stop using taskkill -im followed by the name of the executable file or taskkill -pid followed by the process ID.

taskkill -im PROCESS_NAME
taskkill -pid PROCESS_PID
taskkill pid cmd process 2022

14) Who is bothering me (tasklist)

Tasklist displays a list of running tasks on your computer. Sometimes you may be surprised what we have up and running.

tasklist
tasklist process cmd 2022

15) Clear mind and console (cls)

The command quickly clears the console screen. It comes in handy because when you have too much on your console, you can get lost. Thanks to this, old commands do not distract you from what is important.

cls
cls clear cmd 2022 before
cls clear cmd 2022 after

16) Do you know your history (F7)

Pressing F7 displays a short list of recently used commands. If you want, check out the other function keys, I like the F7 the most.

cmd F7 history command 2022

Summary

I probably forgot a lot of things, as well as the parameters that can be used to extend commands and get something extra. I hope I made your work a little easier and convince some of you that CMD is not so bad 🙂

The article was intended to show people who are just starting their adventure with the Windows console that it does not have to be so ordinary and uninteresting;)

Check this article if you want to know how to login via SSH without password.

Here you will find documentation for CMD.

If you want to share some cool CMD tips, feel free to write in the comment.

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