This post provides quick ways to clear Command Prompt (cmd.exe) screen in Windows 10. For troubleshooting Windows problems, MiniTool software also provides some free tools like free data recovery software, hard drive partition manager, PC backup software, etc.
Windows Command Prompt (cmd.exe) lets us quickly open applications, execute tasks, troubleshoot some Windows issues, etc. by typing command lines. After you type many command lines and finish the tasks, or type wrong command lines, how to clear Windows Command Prompt screen in Windows 10?
Check the easy ways below for how to clear CMD screen in Windows 10.
Clear Command Prompt Screen with CLS Command
After you open Command Prompt in Windows 10, and enter multiple command lines in the screen, you can type cls command line in Command Prompt window, and hit Enter button. This will clear the CMD screen in Windows 10. All typed previous commands in Command Prompt window will be cleared.
Close Command Prompt and Open It Again to Clear Screen
You can also close Command Prompt window and open again, it will also clear the Command Prompt screen in Windows 10.
Clear Command Prompt Screen with Keyboard Shortcut?
If the Command Prompt window is cluttered and you want to clear the screen, you may wonder if there is a keyboard shortcut to easily clear it. Some online posts suggest using Alt + F7 keyboard shortcut to clear the command history. But I tried this way, it doesn’t work.
Learn how to create a Command Prompt desktop shortcut on Windows 10/11 and how to create a desktop shortcut for specific CMD commands.
How to View Command Prompt Command History
After you type a series of command lines in Command Prompt window, you can type doskey /history command line, and hit Enter. This command will display all the commands you typed in the same sequence as you entered.
To view all command lines you entered in Command Prompt window after you access CMD, you can also press F7 key. This will pop up a window with a list of all previous typed command lines. You can use the Up and Down arrow key to select any command line in the list and press Enter to locate it.
How to Save Command Prompt History
You can enter this command line doskey /HISTORY > filename.txt to save the commands history to a TXT, HTML, CSV, RTF file. You can enter a file name and a file extension. The file will be saved to the location where you execute this command.
What You Can Do with Command Prompt
You can use Windows Command Prompt to do many things. Below we introduces three common usages of Command Prompt. Press Windows + R, type cmd, and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.
Organize Your Hard Drive Partitions
You can run Windows Diskpart utility in Command Prompt to manage computer hard drive partitions.
You can type diskpart in Command Prompt window to open Windows Diskpart tool. Below is how to partition external hard drive with Diskpart.
- list disk
- select disk * (select the external hard disk)
- create partition primary size=* (specify a partition size in MB)
- assign letter=* (set a drive letter for the new partition)
- format fs=ntfs quick
Check and Repair Disk Errors
Detect and Repair Corrupt System Files
If your computer has problems, you can use Windows SFC tool to check and repair corrupted system files. You can type sfc /scannow command in Command Prompt, and hit Enter to use SFC tool to find and repair corrupted/missing system files.
In conclusion, the easiest way to clear Command Prompt screen is to use CLS command or restart Command Prompt application.