Windows 10 Tip: How To Enable Command Prompt’s New Features

Windows 10 brings a lot of new features in Command Prompt, things like being transparency, full-screen mode, a lot of more text selection and editing options, additional keyboard shortcut keys to open find dialog, close console window, and more ways to navigate through history, etc.

All these cool features should be enabled by default so you can enjoy them out of box. And you can quickly confirm it by pressing Alt + Enter while you are in Command Prompt window. If the window switches to a full screen mode, it means all cool new features are enabled. But if not, that means they are off at the moment. And if that’s the case, here is the quick way to enable it.

Open Command Prompt, right-click the top board and choose Properties.

Command Prompt - context menu to Properties

Un-check the option “Use legacy console” and click OK. Then re-open the Command Prompt window again. You should be good to go.

Command Prompt - Properties

You can also tweak a registry key called ForceV2 in HKEY_Current_User\Console, 1 to enable all the new features and 0 to disable them.

Registry to enable new Command Prompt feature

I have to admit that making the Command Prompt window transparent is pretty cool.

Command Prompt transparent window

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 09/10/2015

Posted in: Windows 10
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