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Cool Command Prompt Tricks and Games

Cool Command Prompt Tricks and Games

Featuring an interface as appealing as Windows 10, it is easy to forget that the operating system comes with a command-line interface as well. You might have forgotten the command prompt, but Microsoft hasn’t, as they brought some really cool command prompt improvements with Windows 10.

Although it is not as powerful as its Unix counterpart, still numerous cool Command Prompt tricks can make it a very useful tool to have. Various functions that Command Prompt can let you do aren’t available in the GUI of the Windows operating system, which makes it a useful tool that you should use.

In this post, we are going to share some cool Command Prompt tricks and games that you should know.

How to Use Command Prompt in Windows 10?

How to Use Command Prompt in Windows 10.

How to Use Command Prompt in Windows 10.

Before proceeding further, let’s talk about how you can use Command Prompt from your computer. Maybe we don’t need to tell you that, but for the users who don’t know, they can launch the Command Prompt by typing CMD in the windows search bar area.

By right-clicking on CMD, you will be able to run it as an administrator. You can also launch it by hitting Windows-R keys from your keyboard, type CMD in the command box, and hit the Enter key. This method is the same for all versions of Windows operating systems.

Cool Command Prompt Tricks and Games

Cool Command Prompt Tricks and Games

Cool Command Prompt Tricks and Games

Below are some useful and cool Command Promot tricks that you should know;

Viewing Installed Driver via Command Prompt

Viewing Installed Driver via Command Prompt

Viewing Installed Driver via Command Prompt

If you are facing hardware problems on your computer or just curious to know about something you have installed on it, viewing a list of installed drivers will help you. To do this, you have to launch Command Prompt from your computer using the above-stated method and then;

  • Type driverquery in the Command Prompt
  • Press Enter key from your keyboard

This will make a list of all the installed drivers currently, as well as dates and display names.

Changing the Color of the Command Prompt Window

Changing the Color of the Command Prompt Window

Changing the Color of the Command Prompt Window

The default color of the Command Prompt window is black. If you want to change its color that suits you, windows allow you to do this and make things a bit more exciting. To do this, you will need to;

  • Launch the Command Prompt
  • Right-click on the title bar
  • Click on Properties
  • A separate window will open where you have to click on the Colors tab.
  • There you can choose its colors as per your preferences.
  • Click OK

Watching ASCII Version of Star Wars

Watching ASCII Version of Star Wars

Watching ASCII Version of Star Wars

This is another cool Command Prompt trick that will enable you to watch ASCII text version fo Star Wars within the Command Prompt window. The process is straightforward, and you just need to perform these steps;

  • Open Command Prompt from your system
  • Type telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl in the Command Prompt
  • Hit the Enter key from your keyboard
  • Now you can enjoy the movie

Resolve Internet Issues Using Command Prompt

Resolve Internet Issues Using Command Prompt

Resolve Internet Issues Using Command Prompt

If you are facing internet connectivity problems, you can fix it by using Command Prompt from your computer. You can view your network status, IP address, and change the IP address for your internet connection as well. This process can solve IP conflicting issues that can cause internet problems. To do this, you have to follow these steps;

  • Open the Command Prompt from your computer
  • Type “ipconfig” and then hit Enter key to view your connection status and IP address

To release your current IP address;

  • Type the command ipconfig/release and press the Enter key

To renew your IP address and reset your internet connection;

  • Type ipconfig/renew

Display Wifi Password Using Command Prompt

Display Wifi Password Using Command Prompt

Display Wifi Password Using Command Prompt

If you have forgotten your wifi password, then don’t worry; there is a way to display your wifi password. To display your wifi password, you have to;

  • Open the Command Prompt from your system
  • Type “netsh wlan show profile.”
  • Hit the Enter key from your keyboard
  • It will make a list of all the WLAN networks stored on your computer.
  • Write down the network name you want to explore
  • Type “netsh wlan show profile wifi key=clear” and replace the “wifi” with the network name you are exploring.
  • Upon completion, it will display the profile of the network you want to connect to.
  • Scroll down to see the password of the network

Create Wifi Hotspot Using Command Prompt

Create Wifi Hotspot Using Command Prompt

Create Wifi Hotspot Using Command Prompt

If you want to create a wifi hotspot from your computer, you will have to perform the following steps;

Before opening the Command Prompt;

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Click on Network and Sharing
  • Click on Change Adapter Settings
  • Richt-click on the Connection you are currently using.
  • Click on the Properties option.
  • Go to the Sharing tab.
  • Check the box saying, “ Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet.”

Now launch the Command Prompt from your computer as an administrator;

  • Type the command “netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Yourhotspotname key=yourpassword” without quotes.
  • Press Enter from your keyboard
  • Type “wlan start hostednetwork” to enable the wifi hotspot
  • Done

If you want to turn it off;

  • Type “netsh wlan stop hostednetwork” command without quotes
  • Press Enter key from your keyboard
  • Done

Shut Down the Computer at a Pre-determined Time Using Command Prompt

Shut Down the Computer at a Pre-determined Time Using Command Prompt

Shut Down the Computer at a Pre-determined Time Using Command Prompt

Command Prompt also enables you to shut down, reboot, force applications to close and to display a message of shut down on your computer. If you want to shut down your computer at a certain time then you can do this by performing the below steps;

  • Open Command Prompt from your computer
  • Type -s -t 1200

This Command will shut down your system in two hours. You can change the Command by replacing “1200” as per your requirements. For example, if you want to turn off your PC in one hour, you should type -s -t 3600.

Conclusion

Command Prompt is a useful tool, and the majority of people don’t know about its functionalities. People are reluctant to open it because they think they will have to type complicated commands to look for a file or to run an app, which is not true. Above are some of its cool commands that are easy and short, and everyone can use them to make the most out of it.

You should try these commands on your system and let us know if you find them helpful. If you have any ideas regarding Command Prompt commands, you can comment below to share it with us to make this list more useful.

FAQ

Below are some most asked questions by multiple users;

Q: What are some Ctrl commands?

Ans: Some of the most basic and useful commands of Ctrl include Ctrl-C to copy selected or highlighted items, Ctrl-V to paste the copied or cut items, and Ctrl-A to select all the items or text.

Q: What is the functionality of the F7 key on the keyboard?

Ans: F7 key used to check spelling and grammar for a document, such as Word or Outlook.

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