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Extend the command prompt window

Have you ever issued a command at a command prompt window that sent a long listing of output faster than you could read it? One example is the Driverquery command, which commonly produces over a hundred lines of output.

Windows XP's default command prompt window buffers 300 lines of text that you can scroll through. However, the lines after that disappear off the screen and are gone forever. This can be extremely frustrating, especially if you need to issue the command several times and monitor the results.

Fortunately, you can increase the size of the buffer to view more than 300 lines of text in a command prompt window. Here's how:

1. Launch a command prompt window.

2. Right-click the control icon in the upper left corner of the window, choose Properties, and select the Layout tab.

3. In the Screen Buffer Size panel, type a larger number in the Height text box and click OK.

4. When the Apply Properties To Shortcut dialog box appears, choose the appropriate option and click OK.

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