6 COMMAND PROMPT COMMANDS YOU SHOULD STILL BE USING
PCWorld|July 2021
OLD-SCHOOL DOESN’T MEAN OBSOLETE.
ALAINA YEE

In the beginning, all we had was the command line. Then as Windows matured, the need to access that throwback interface waned.

That doesn’t mean the Command Prompt is completely useless. In fact, recent versions of Windows (go.pcworld.com/rvw) have introduced new commands. And while Windows 10’s graphical interface is generally straightforward to use, several features are still faster to execute through that last tie to MS-DOS. The same goes for accessing a few pieces of useful information, too.

We’ve listed our top Command Prompt commands below, but don’t take this list as the complete lineup of useful commands. If you like to kick it old-school, there are still plenty worth your time. For most people, though, these six will add efficiency to your regular routine without requiring excessive time in a command line interface.

To open the Command Prompt, tap the Windows key, then enter cmd.

1. ECHO

On its own, the echo command (go.pcworld. com/ech) has little relevance for the overwhelming majority of Windows users. (The PCWorld staff included.) But we like using one specific application of it: echo off | clip. Entering this string into the Command Prompt clears the last item on your Clipboard—helpful when you’ve copied sensitive information and are done with it. (This command won’t clear your full Clipboard history though, so you’ll have to use Windows 10’s Clipboard settings to do that. You can also turn off history while you’re in that menu.)

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM PCWORLDView All

HP Elite Folio: Extreme mobility for a price

A superbright screen and all-day battery life make this a laptop you can use even in broad daylight.

10+ mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT: A killer 1080p graphics card with pandemic pricing

AMD tuned the Radeon RX 6600 XT for ultrafast 1080p gaming, and it shines in that regard—but a sky-high price holds it back from full praise.

10+ mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

Why this $240 5G phone is worth checking out

The OnePlus Nord N200 5G is surprisingly good for the price.

3 mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

Why California isn't banning gaming PCs (yet)

The state isn’t banning them outright, but there are concerns.

4 mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2: Tiny camera with good image quality

This dash cam’s diminutive stature is its outstanding feature, but good day and night captures and cloud storage are strengths as well.

4 mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

Intel changes its manufacturing language as it moves to angstroms

Intel claims that by 2025 it will return to “manufacturing leadership.”

7 mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

Windows 365: Five key differences between Windows Home and Pro

Lower prices for existing Windows 10 users? Microsoft’s new enterprise offering presents stark contrasts with the consumer Windows versions.

4 mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

Seagate FireCuda 530: It's very, very fast

Seagate’s latest top-tier NVMe SSD broke all speed records on both PCIe 3 and PCIe 4.

4 mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

THE BEST PREBUILT PCS WITH AMD'S RYZEN 5300G, 5600G, OR 5700G APUS

BEAT THE GRAPHICS CARD CRUNCH WITH ONE OF THESE PREBUILT PCS POWERED BY AMD’S 5000-SERIES APUS.

5 mins read
PCWorld
September 2021

THE BEST ONLINE MARKETPLACES FOR SELLING YOUR USED DEVICES

THESE DAYS YOU’RE NOT LIMITED TO ONLY EBAY OR CRAIGSLIST THOUGH THOSE ARE STILL RIGHTFULLY POPULAR.

6 mins read
PCWorld
September 2021
RELATED STORIES

Simple Craftsman Roots Revived

A “clean but sterile” 1914 kitchen is treated to bungalow-era design.

2 mins read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

MOVING toward

Changing energy markets and evolving technology make it possible to heat, cool, and ventilate homes of any age with (mostly) clean, all-electric power—and less of it. Heating home water, formerly an energy hog, is turning into an energy sipper, too.

9 mins read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

The Rescue of Portland's FIREHOUSE 17

IN WHAT BECAME THE PROJECT OF A LIFETIME, THE REHABILITATION OF A 1912 FIREHOUSE IS ADAPTIVE REUSE WITH HEART AND SOUL. DECOMMISSIONED IN 1968, ALLOWED TO DETERIORATE AND LATER REMODELED, THE OLD FIREHOUSE HAD BEEN BUILT DURING THE DAYS OF HORSE-DRAWN ENGINES. THE PROJECT WAS SPEARHEADED BY RESTORAT ION CONSULTANT KARLA PEARLSTEIN, IN PORTLAND, OREGON. SHE NOW CALLS THE FIREHOUSE HOME.

3 mins read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

Caring for Silverplate

Whether the design is Rococo, Aesthetic, or Art Deco, silverplate is collectible—and needs care.

5 mins read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

MANTELS in a Holiday Mood

Pretty things from nature are always in style.

3 mins read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

Diamonds!

An eternal motif for objects around the house.

1 min read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

A Surprisingly Authentic Bath

The replicated, late-Victorian master bathroom is in an 1892 brick manse in St. Louis, Missouri.

2 mins read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

A HOME FULL OF CHARACTER

Smaller homes like this 1920s Dutch Colonial so often get overlooked as worthy of restoration. Owners don’t think they’re special . . . or they add on or remodel until the original is unrecognizable. This owner saw the potential.

4 mins read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

A Furnished Bath

This elegant bathroom has fixture panels fabricated from parts of a Victorian armoire.

2 mins read
Old House Journal
November - December 2021

Q&A with Miami Dolphins Legend Richmond Webb

I was lucky enough to interview the legend, Richmond Webb. For those Dolphins fans who live under a rock, Webb is one of the greatest Miami Dolphins players ever and their greatest left tackle of all time.

10+ mins read
Dolphin Digest
October 2021