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windows 7 increase buffer size in cmd prompt

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In Windows XP, 2000, or 2003 you could right click on a cmd prompt, go to properties, and set the buffer to a huge number. This allowed you to scroll up and see all the text output from a large command output. How the heck do you do the same thing in Windows 7? I've tried the old way on two different boxes with no luck (both are 64 bit, not that it should matter).
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Same procedure works in Win7.  Launch a command window, left mouse click on the icon in the upper left of the window, select Properties, select Layout tab, adjust Screen Buffer Size.

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After you changes if you want them permanent when it asks you if you want to save them for the future executions of that item say Yes.

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You should also be able to get at these settings by right mouse clicking the icon you launch the Command Propmt window from, and selection Properties, and then Layout tab there.

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Got it. It was a couple of things.

1. You have to increase the Screen Buffer height on the layout tab.
2. You have to open the cmd prompt the same way. Either by clicking on an icon every time, or by typing in "cmd" in "start run" every time, etc.

Each different way of launching CMD is it's own animal, for some reason. To quote another poster on another site:

http://superuser.com/questions/80094/why-doesnt-the-windows-command-prompt-window-maximize-to-the-full-screen-size

"The reason is that the command prompt is owned by a specific subsystem (csrss.exe) in the windows architecture which is different from the normal Windows subsystem (win32k.sys). Because of this, command prompt windows behave differently then normal windows. You'll note that amongst other annoying behavior, that setting properties for a prompt will only apply to prompts launched via whatever method that particular prompt was launched with.

Why this is, I have no earthly idea."
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One of the tricks was launching it the same way... was confusing.
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