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Command Prompt Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows Vista

The command prompt is an application that is run from its own window by invoking the Windows Vista command interpreter. It is provided by the file cmd.exe that is similar to the old MS-DOS command.com interpreter. The command prompt window can be opened by entering cmd into the Start Menu Search dialog box. The following shortcuts can be used in the Command Prompt window.

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Command Prompt Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows Vista

  • Left Arrow – Move back one character
  • Right Arrow – Move forward one character
  • Ctrl + Left Arrow – Move back one word
  • Ctrl + Right Arrow – Move forward one word
  • Up Arrow – Display previous command entered
  • Down Arrow – Display next command entered
  • Insert – Toggle insert/overtype mode (block cursor implies overtype mode)
  • Page Up – Display oldest command entered
  • Page Down – Display newest command entered
  • Home – Move to beginning of line
  • End – Move to the end of line
  • Esc – Erase current line
  • F1 – Repeat text typed in preceding line, one character at a time
  • F2 + Key – Repeat text typed in preceding line, up to first character matching key
  • F3 – Repeat text typed in preceding line
  • F6 – Place an end of file character (ˆZ) at current position of command line
  • F7 – Show all entries in command buffer
  • Alt + F7 – Clear all entries in command buffer
  • Ctrl + C – Used to interrupt the output of most command prompt applications
View more keyboard shortcut articles for: Windows Vista, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Center, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Mail Program, and the Microsoft Natural Keyboard.
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