Top 10+ Best CMD Tricks, Tips And Hacks Of 2019

Highlights :

  • What is Command Prompt (CMD)?
  • How to open Command Prompt (CMD)?
  • Use of function keys (F1, F2, F3, F4….).
  • Check IP address of any website.

The cmd is also known as command prompt and this guide will allow you to do some awesome things which are not available in Windows OS GUI. There are a number of cmd tricks which will make your life easy and can be used as a tool. Command prompts are a bit out of date but, they are quite powerful and handy if you want to navigate to a location or if you want to customize your PC using different settings. Command prompts are a bit complex but, the positive side is that it cuts down on the time lost in doing it in a modern way. Hence, we give you some of the best cmd tricks which you can use regularly to do this much easily and conveniently.

What is Command Prompt (CMD)?

Command Prompt, aka CMD, is the command-line interpreter on windows OS which allows you to do such things which you won’t be able to do from Windows GUI. Well, In Command Prompt we could give direction in a specific action assigned to a program to perform a specific task.

How to open Command Prompt (CMD)?
open CMD

Step 1: Click On The ‘Start’ Menu.

Step 2: Type ‘CMD’ or ‘Command Prompt’ On search box.

Step 3: Click on The CMD as shown in the picture.

Alternate:

Press Windows Key + R that will eventually open the Run window, where you need to type CMD and hit enter.

List Of 200+ CMD Tricks And Hacks Of 2019 (Command-Prompt Tricks)
#1 Getting help

This is not a trick, but using this method you can find info of almost every command from the command prompt itself. This method is not only useful for beginners but for professionals as well because it is very difficult to remember each and every command. This info tells you about what that command does, what process is used and also shows you some samples. To execute this command you need to type “/?” at the end of the command who’s info you need.

#2 Use of Function Keys

The function keys are F1, F2, F3… till F9. Specific functions are given to every function key. The function of every function key is listed below:

F1: This function key paste per character last used the command.
F2: You can use this function key to paste last used command only to a specified command character.
F3: Paste the Last used command using this function key.
F4: Delete command only to a specified command character using this function key.
F5: This function key passes last used the command without cycling.
F6: Paste ^Z (Clt+Z) using this function key.
F7: This function key provides a list of already used commands.
F8: This function key pastes cycle-able used commands.
F9: This function key will let you paste command from the list of recently used commands.

#3 To Copy Data From Command Prompt

You cannot just copy from the command using the keyboard shortcut which is Ctrl+C. To copy data from the command prompt, right-click anywhere on the window and then, click on ‘mark’ from the drop-down box. Now, select whatever you want to copy and finally hit enter to copy that part. However, the keyboard shortcut to copy and paste data from the command is enabled in the Windows 10.

#4 Check IP Address Of Any Website

Checking the IP address of a particular website is not a difficult task. Ask you need to do is enter “nslookup” command along with the name of the website. For example below box cmd trick, will give you the IP address of techraaga website.

nslookup techraaga.com

#5 Execute Different Commands in an Order

There are tricks using which you can easily execute commands one after another. You need to put “&&” between two consecutive commands to execute them one after another.

#6 Scan the System Files

Scanning and repairing your system files is made easy by the command prompt. Just type “sfc/scannow” and hit enter. The scanning will immediately start and it will either repair the files or provide you with the details of any problem encountered.

#7 Create Permanent Folders

Permanent folders can be created using command prompts. You need to toe the bane of the disk in which you wish to create this folder followed by either “md con\” or “md lpt1\” and hit enter. The final code should look something like “D: md con\“. The new folder will be created with this same name. This permanent folder can only be deleted using the command prompt and to do that, you need to swap “md con\” with “rd con\” or “md lpt1” with “rd lpt1” and hit enter.

#8 Compare And Check The Difference

Using command prompts, you can compare two text files and check the difference. To do this, you need to type “FC” command to enter the directories of both text files. The structure of this command prompt should look like “fc nameoffirstfile.txt nameofsecondfile.txt” and hit enter to obtain the comparison results of both the files. If both the files have no difference then, the command will return to the message which reads “no difference encountered”

#9 Encrypt Files using Command Prompt

Encrypting important data is a very useful tool in command prompt. Encryption is more like restricting your personal data to yourself. Using command prompt, you can easily encrypt files on your PC. For this, you will first need to change your working directory to the folder which contains your files. You can do this by using the “cd” command and then, you’re “Ciper /E” and hit enter. Once done, all the files in this folder will be encrypted. You need to make sure that you set a password for your account or else, this encryption will be of no use. These encrypted files will open normally from your account but, not from any other account.

#10 Create a WiFi Hotspot

Using command prompt, you can set up a WiFi hotspot on your PC and thus, be sharing your internet access with a number of devices around you, without making use of any third party app. The steps required to set-up this WiFi hotspot are:

Step 1- Enter the text “netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=HotspotName key=Password“ in the command prompt and enter any name you wish in place of ‘HotspotName’ for your hotspot and ‘Password’ with a unique password of your choice. Now, hit enter to save the changes.

Step 2- To broadcast your WiFi hotspot, you will have to type “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” in the command prompt so that the devices near you can connect to your hotspot.

Step 3- To terminate the WiFi hotspot, you will have to make use of command “netsh wlan stop hostednetwork”. This will stop broadcasting. if you want to restart the broadcasting, you will have to apply step 2 once again.

#11 Shut Down Computer With CMD

Best CMD Tips, Tricks, and Hacks.You can also shut down your computer by using the command prompt. Type the following command in command prompt.

For Shutdown: shutdown -s
For Restarting: shutdown -r
For Logoff: shutdown -l
#12 Netstat CMD Command 2019

Netstat is another best CMD Command, it is an important tool when you want to know about who is establishing a connection with your computer. The output of this command provides you the information about all active connection and listening ports. Check below attributes to execute this CMD:

  1. -a (display all connection).
  2. -n (sorts connection in numerical order).
  3. -b (display executable name. that is browser name)

These were some of the best commands prompts or cmd tricks which you can use to make use of Windows in a much different and unique way. Also, you will have access to some of the very powerful customizations. If we have missed out on any such amazing cmd truck which would have been mentioned then, please let us know in the comments section. Also, please tell us which cmd trick did you like the most from our list.

Shashank Tiwari

Shashank Tiwari is a writer from India and the Tech Explained editor. In his free time he dabbles in fiction, photography, and game development.

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