Top 200+ Best CMD Tricks, Tips and Hacks of 2018 (Command-Prompt Tricks)

 The CMD or the Command prompt was once famous when the older versions of Windows were commonly used all over the world. Especially the people who have once used the Windows 98 and Windows XP would have an idea of what command prompt is.

There are several numbers of CMD tricks, which, most of people still do not know. Most of the people who have an idea of what CMD thinks that CMD is something outdated and it is useless these days. However, it is not, CMD is still one of the powerful tools available on all the Microsoft Windows versions.

Command prompts might seem to be outdated, but it is efficient enough to reduce the time taken to complete customization of PC setting using any modern technique. The command prompt is not that easy to use and it is one of the main reasons, why, most people avoid using CMD.

What exactly is the command prompt (CMD)?

CMD or Command prompt is a command-line interpreter app that is incorporated into Windows. This feature works on the basis commands fed into it by the user.

Here is how to open Command prompt

Command prompt or CMD is available on all the versions of Windows. Here is how to open the command prompt.

  • Step 1: Click on the “Start menu”
  • Step 2: Search for the command prompt or CMD on the search box
  • Step 3: Once, the box displays the result. Click the command prompt or CMD that appeared on the screen.

Apart from this method, there is an alternate method. You could simply press the Windows + R button and the keyboard and a dialogue box with heading “Run” appears on the screen. Search for CMD or command prompt and you will get it.

Here is the list of CMD tricks & hacks of 2018

  1. Getting help: /?
  2. Check IP address : nslookup
  3. Multiple commands in a single line : use “&&” between each command.
  4. Scan system files : sfc/scannow
  5. Creating permanent folders : md con\
  6. Compare to check the difference: FC
  7. Encrypt files: cd
  8. Create hotspot

Command: “netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=HotspotName key=Password” delete the word “HotspotName” and add an appropriate Hotspot name. Next, delete the word “Password” and enter an appropriate password there. Hit enter to save the changes made.

  1. Wi-Fi Hotspot: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  2. Turn off Wi-Fi hotspot : netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
  3. Shut down computer : Shutdown –s
  4. Restart computer : Shutdown –r
  5. Logoff computer : Shutdown –l
  6. Display all connection : -a
  7. Active connections in numerical order: -n
  8. Browser name : -b
  9. Accessibility Controls : access.cpl
  10. Accessibility Wizard : accwiz
  11. Testing a network connecting : ping
  12. Printing a text file : print
  13. Shutdown computer : psshutdown
  14. Checking free disk space: freedisk
  15. Know the file and volume utilities : fsutil
  16. File transfer protocl : ftp
  17. Showing the space used in folders: diskuse
  18. Deleting a folder and all subfolders : deltree
  19. Importing or Exporting Active directory data : csvde
  20. Displaying the resultant set of Policy information : gpresult
  21. Updating the Group policy settings : gpupdate
  22. Replacing the files that are currently in use by the os : inuse
  23. Comparing two files: fc
  24. Finding a text string in a file : find
  25. Finding for a strings in file : findstr
  26. Displaying the memory usage : mem
  27. for adding the hardware Wizard – hdwwiz.cpl
  28. To add or to remove programs – appwiz.cpl
  29. Administrative Tools – control admintools
  30. Automatic Updates – wuaucpl.cpl
  31. To launch the Bluetooth wizard for file transfer – fsquirt
  32. Calculator – calc
  33. Certificate Manager – certmgr.msc
  34. Character Map – charmap
  35. For checking the disk utility – chkdsk
  36. Clipboard Viewer – clipbrd
  37. Command Prompt – cmd
  38. Component Services – dcomcnfg
  39. Computer Management – compmgmt.msc
  40. Control Panel – control
  41. To view and edit the properties of date and time – timedate.cpl
  42. DDE Shares – ddeshare
  43. Device Manager – devmgmt.msc
  44. To troubleshoot DirectX – dxdiag
  45. For cleaning up the disk utility – cleanmgr
  46. Disk Defragment – dfrg.msc
  47. Disk Management – diskmgmt.msc
  48. To manage the disk partitions – diskpart
  49. Display Properties – control desktop
  50. Display Properties – desk.cpl
  51. for troubleshooting the utility Dr.Watson System – drwtsn32
  52. To verify the driver – verifier
  53. Event Viewer – eventvwr.msc
  54. To launch the tool for transferring files and settings – migwiz
  55. To verify the file signature – sigverif
  56. Findfast – findfast.cpl
  57. Firefox – firefox
  58. Folders Properties – control folders
  59. Fonts – control fonts
  60. Fonts Folder – fonts
  61. To launch the free card games from free cell – freecell
  62. Game Controllers – joy.cpl
  63. For editing the group policy (works for XP professional) – gpedit.msc
  64. To launch hearts card game – mshearts
  65. To launch the help and the support feature – helpctr
  66. HyperTerminal – hypertrm
  67. Iexpress Wizard – iexpress
  68. Indexing Service – ciadv.msc
  69. To setup internet connections – icwconn1
  70. Internet Explorer – iexplore
  71. Internet Properties – inetcpl.cpl
  72. Keyboard Properties – control keyboard
  73. To view the settings of local security – secpol.msc
  74. To view the local list of users and groups – lusrmgr.msc
  75. To log out from Windows – logoff
  76. To launch the tool for removing Malicious softwares – mrt
  77. Microsoft Chat – winchat
  78. To open the Microsoft movie making app – moviemk
  79. Microsoft Paint – mspaint
  80. To open the tool for synchronizing Microsoft – mobsync
  81. Minesweeper Game – winmine
  82. Mouse Properties – control mouse
  83. Mouse Properties – main.cpl
  84. Netmeeting – conf
  85. Network Connections – control netconnections
  86. Network Connections – ncpa.cpl
  87. To launch the wizard for setting up network – netsetup.cpl
  88. Notepad – notepad
  89. Object Packager – packager
  90. To launch the administrator feature for ODBC data source – odbccp32.cpl
  91. For opening the keyboard on screen – osk
  92. Outlook Express – msimn
  93. Paint – pbrush
  94. Password Properties – password.cpl
  95. Performance Monitor – perfmon.msc
  96. Performance Monitor – perfmon
  97. To view the options for the phone and modem – telephon.cpl
  98. Phone Dialer – dialer
  99. Pinball Game – pinball
  100. Power Configuration – powercfg.cpl
  101. To view the list of available faxes and printers – control printers
  102. Printers Folder – printers
  103. Regional Settings – intl.cpl
  104. Registry Editor – regedit
  105. Registry Editor – regedit32
  106. For accessing the remote phonebook – rasphone
  107. Remote Desktop – mstsc
  108. Removable Storage – ntmsmgr.msc
  109. To safely remove the storage device – ntmsoprq.msc
  110. To view the resultant set from the policy (working for XP Professional) – rsop.msc
  111. To open or use the cameras or the cameras – sticpl.cpl
  112. Scheduled Tasks – control schedtasks
  113. Security Center – wscui.cpl
  114. Services – services.msc
  115. Shared Folders – fsmgmt.msc
  116. To shut down – shutdown
  117. For viewing the sound and audio settings – mmsys.cpl
  118. To open the card game Spider Solitare – spider
  119. To configure the SQL client – cliconfg
  120. To edit the system configuration – sysedit
  121. To launch the utility for configuring the system – msconfig
  122. System Information – msinfo32
  123. System Properties – sysdm.cpl
  124. Task Manager – taskmgr
  125. TCP Tester – tcptest
  126. Telnet Client – telnet
  127. For managing the users account – nusrmgr.cpl
  128. Utility Manager – utilman
  129. To open the address book – wab
  130. To open the utility for importing the address book – wabmig
  131. Windows Explorer – explorer.
  132. To manage the configuration data of booting – bcdedit
  133. To edit the properties of booting – bootcfg
  134. To Encrypt or Decrypt files/folders – cipher
  135. To clear the screen – cls
  136. To manage the username and passwords stored in the system – cmdkey
  137. For changing the color of CMD – color
  138. To compress files – compress
  139. To convert a FAT drive to NTFS drive – convert
  140. Delete files – del
  141. To delete the user profile – delprof
  142. To display files and folders list – dir
  143. To get the message on screen – echo
  144. To delete files – erase
  145. To launch Windows explorer – explorer
  146. To format disk – format
  147. To know the extension of a selected file – ftype
  148. To display the address of a MAC – getmac
  149. Online help – help
  150. To display the list of host names – hostname
  151. To edit the disc label – label
  152. To log off – logoff
  153. To get log time as a file – logtime
  154. To create .cab type files – makecab
  155. For making new folders- md
  156. To launch the installer for Windows – msiexec
  157. To manage the resources of network – net
  158. To list the permissions of a user – perms

The above-mentioned is some of the best commands that could be used in the command prompt. All the commands are 100% genuine and certified to work.

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