The command prompt is a powerful Windows tool that lets you use commands to do things with your system that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. You can use it to execute commands, run programs and configure the operating system. Regular command prompt users will be able to agree that, in some cases, the command prompt is simply irreplaceable. For example, when you want to execute a “ping” command.
You may also be surprised by the number of useful keyboard shortcuts it supports. You can use them to organize everything from selecting and working with text to repeating commands you’ve already typed.
In general, the command line is a really useful tool for those users who constantly work with the system Windows 10. These can be programmers, system administrators, as well as people who work with networks.
Anyway, if you’re just learning how to use the command prompt in Windows 10 and don’t know how to clear unnecessary text in the command prompt, here’s how you can do it
How to clear the command prompt screen in Windows 10
If you want to clear the command prompt screen in Windows 10, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, the command prompt has to be already opened on your screen and there must be a text (for example, you can type the “ipconfig” command).
- After that, enter the “cls” command in the command prompt and press “Enter”.
Once you have completed these steps, the command prompt screen will be cleared. You have to be aware that the “cls” command wipes out the whole information in the window.
How to open the command prompt screen in Windows 10
If you can’t open the command prompt on your Windows 10 PC, you can follow these steps to do it:
- Search in the “Start” menu.
- Open the “Start” menu and type “cmd” or the phrase “command prompt” into the search box.
- In order to run the command prompt as administrator you need to right-click on the found program and select “Run as administrator”.
- This method also works on Windows 11.
- “Run” menu.
- To use this method, press the key combination “Win + R” on the keyboard.
- After the window appears, you must enter the command “cmd” and press the Enter key or the “OK” button.
- After that, the command prompt of Windows 10 should open in front of you.
- Win-X menu.
- The Windows 10 operating system has a useful menu. You can open it by right-clicking on the “Start” button or by using the “Win + X” key combination.
- From this menu you can access almost all the system utilities that you may need to configure Windows.
- There are two options available here to start the command prompt. These are simply “Command Prompt” and “Command Prompt (administrator)”.
- If you choose the first option, the command prompt will run with user rights, if you click on the second option, then the command prompt will run with administrator rights.
- If you have “PowerShell” instead of the command prompt in this menu, you need to open the “Settings” menu (“Win + I”), go to “Personalization” and select “Taskbar”.
- Here you need to disable the option that replaces the command prompt with the Windows Power Shell.
- After disabling this option, the command prompt will appear in the previously mentioned menu and you will be able to run it.
What does Windows Terminal mean in Windows 11
The Windows 11 operating system also has a menu that opens with the “Win + X” key combination. However, here, instead of the command prompt or PowerShell, a program called “Windows Terminal” is available.
The Windows Terminal is a shell that allows you to run various tools with a text interface. Here you can open the Windows command prompt, PowerShell, Azure Cloud Shell, and Windows for Linux (WSL). The Windows Terminal supports tabs, modern fonts, keyboard shortcuts, and offers a lot of customization.
In order to open the command prompt, you must first run the Windows Terminal. If you need to run the command prompt with administrator rights, you also need to run the Windows Terminal with administrator rights.
After starting the Terminal, open the drop-down menu and select “Command Prompt”.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts in the terminal:
- “Ctrl + Shift + 1” to run PowerShell.
- “Ctrl + Shift + 2” to run the command prompt.
- “Ctrl + Shift + 3” to run Azure Cloud Shell.
How to create a shortcut to run the command prompt on the desktop of Windows 10 or 11
Another option for opening the command line in Windows 11 or Windows 10 is a shortcut on the desktop. To use this method, you need to create a new shortcut. To do this, right-click on the desktop and select “Create”. Then, click on the “Shortcut” option.
This will open a window for creating a shortcut. In this window, enter the command “cmd” and click “Next”. After that, the system will ask you to enter the name of the shortcut and click on the “Done” button.
After these simple manipulations, a shortcut appears on the desktop, which you can use to open the command line. If you want, you can run this shortcut with administrator rights.