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Changing the command prompt's functionality

Administrators often find themselves typing a lot of commands. To make these tasks a bit easier, Microsoft lets you customize the prompt's behavior.

On the Options tab, you can enable Quick Edit to gain mouse functionality for editing items under the Edit menu. In addition, you can activate Permanent Insert Mode to avoid overtyping existing text when editing. Particularly useful are the Command History Buffer Settings and Number Of Command Buffers. Not only will these options save you some typing, they also will eliminate duplicate commands from the history, saving you the bother of endless scrolling.

You'll find another useful option under the Layout tab. Here, you can set the buffer width and height. With the buffer set, if the content of the window is larger than the window itself, scroll bars are applied to allow viewing of information that is off the visible window.

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