A command window is typically a bleak place to work in — but you can adjust its size, position, color, font, and more.
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Making tiny text in command windows readable
Most Windows users know about command (aka command-prompt) windows. For many users, a command window is a stark and unfriendly environment where you use cryptic, DOS-like commands. It’s best avoided, if at all possible. But for experienced users, command prompts offer useful advanced tools for PC maintenance and repair.
Few Windows users know that the command windows in Vista, Win7, and Win8 are unlike those in earlier Windows versions. In some ways, the newer versions are more limited! Reader Jeffrey Flory encountered one of those limitations when he recently upgraded from XP to Win7.
Although his specific question involves old software, the answer is applicable to any use of a command window in Vista, Win7, and Win8.
- “Hello! I need to run an old, full-screen, DOS-based accounting package on Windows 7.
“In XP, I could press Alt + Enter to make the program run full-screen. But pressing Alt + Enter in a Win7 command window doesn’t enable full-screen mode. Instead, I get a full screen that’s mostly black, and the program is still at its original, small size. It’s useless.
“I’ve tried possible solutions such as VirtualBox and DOSBox. VirtualBox does the same thing — i.e., black screen, little program — and DOSBox won’t even run the program.