Transparent Command Prompt

I like command prompt of Windows XP and this is my secod post about it. But when I saw the command prompts in Linux and MacOS I became very fond of the transparent command prompt windows. How would it be if Windows has something like this ?

Now there is a command prompt window hack called Console at Source Forge. You can download it at the given link. There will be an updated version available. It isn’t really a console, it’s a front end for the console. cmd.exe is still running and doing all the work, but the Console front end is capturing and showing the output itself.


In order to change any of the settings in the console, just edit the console.xml file. Most of the values are documented as a XML file from Here is the link for the XML file only one In that the only one that isn’t mentioned is how to change the window size.

So to resize the window just change the values in the following line;

<size rows=”30″ columns=”80″ buffer_rows=”5000″ />

Reduce the values and you will get a smaller window, larger numbers get you larger windows.

After you have changed the screen you may be interested in watching a movie in it. Here is how you can do that.
Watch STAR WARS in command prompt.

Filed under: Tips n Tricks

December 27, 2007 by: Prasanth Chandra


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