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Most of us never know how to improve the use of command prompt window and make us more easier to use it. And some of us know that, but they do not know how big difference that they can get after the optimization. The following tips are very useful.

1. Click Properties and select the Options tab and set the buffer size to 500 to increase the number of previous commands to be stored by the prompt.

2. Click "Discard old duplicates" to stop it remembering your every use of the "dir" command.

3. Go to the Layout tab and make the screen buffer height somewhere around 1,000, and increase the window height to a more reasonable 50 lines.

4. Go to option, switch on the Quick Edit, then you will be able to copy text by right-clicking the mouse in the command prompt. This will free you from typing tedious commands in future.

5. To navigate a command prompt to where the directory you want work in is a long-winded exercise. But the following is the easy way to do it:

For Windows 7 and Vista, you can hold the "Shift" key and right-click the folder in which you want to open a new prompt, then simply select "Open command window here".

For XP, you need to download free Microsoft Power Toy called "Open Command Window Here" to perform the above function.

6. Use the "Up" key to bring up the most recently used command. Keep pressing it to browse through your history, or use the "Down" arrow to move forward in time. You can also hit "F7" key to bring up a formatted list.

7. If you are interacting with a file or folder, start typing the filename and hit "Tab". If it is in the folder you are working in, the name will be auto-completed. If there are other files with the same start string, hit "Tab" again to skip through them.

8. You can type the previous command one letter at a time by hitting "F1" repeatedly. This is a easy way of getting to the part you got wrong.

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