Chaning The Size Of The Dos Console Or Command Prompt Window

by on August 25, 2008

Q: I have 2 laptops, one is Windows XP home, the other is Vista and I have the same problem on both. I have a DOS based database that I maintain. The problem is the size of the window that opens is too small to work on comfortably. It will not let me use the mouse to make it bigger and it won’t maximize like normal windows do. I’ve gone to properties and have been thru every tab including font, screen, and nothing I do helps to make the window open to a reasonable larger size for viewing. The full screen option works, but then I can’t toggle to another window without closing the dos program.

A: The only answers are in the properties window so I am going to walk you though the different options to see if you missed any. The first one is the Full Screen option, which you already explained does not work for you but for other people that might be an option so to get to it you click on the bar above the console window and go to Properties. Then in the first tab called Options you will see a section called Display Options and from here you can select Full Screen and then press Ok to have it apply to your window.

dos console

DOS Console/ Command Prompt

Options Tab

Dos Console Options

The second option is to modify the Front tab, to get a bigger font. Then from there move onto the Layout tab to change the Window Size. Changing the window size will allow you to make the window take up more space and show more characters per line. The Width controls how many characters wide each line will be and the Height number controls how many lines will show in the window. So change those until you have the window the size you want to show all the information you need.

Dos Console Font

Dos Console Font

Dos Console Layout

Dos Console Layout