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Windows 10 May 2019 Update was released for some days, and you may discover that there is a new Terminal tab in Command Prompt which can be used to customize the experience further. In this post, we will show you how to use these new customization settings in Command Prompt.

On Windows 10 May 2019 Update, there are many internal changes. There are also many new customization settings in Command Prompt, like transparency, different cursor sizes, as well as a custom color scheme for the appearance. This update also improves the Windows Console.

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Since the release of May 2019 Update, which is also known as version 1903 or 19H1, there is a new Terminal tab in the Command Prompt properties window. There are new customization settings including the options to change the cursor shape, the ability to change the background & text colors, etc.

Now, in this post, we will walk you through the detailed approaches to customize Command Prompt experience with the new Terminal tab settings.

How to Customize the Command Prompt Appearance with Terminal Settings

Actually, you can use the Colors tab to make the similar appearance settings of Command Prompt, these new Terminal settings will give you more convenient operations and good experience when you change the colors of the background and text.

Now, you can follow these steps to do the job:

1. Click Start and search for Command Prompt.

2. Right-click on the first search result and choose Run as administrator.

3. Right-click on the title bar and then choose Properties.

choose Properties

4. Choose the Terminal

5. To change the text color, you need to check the Use Separate Foreground option under the Terminal Colors

6. Here, you can use the Red, Green, and Blue settings to choose the RGB color of the screen text.

Tip: the easy and fastest way to find a new color is to use RGB color picker which can be found on the internet. Then, you can use this picker to choose a color, get its RGB and then use it in the Terminal tab.

7. Choose Use Separate Background.

8. Utilize the Red, Green, and Blue settings to define the RGB color of the screen background.

set Terminal color

9. You can choose a different shape for the Command Prompt cursor under the Cursor Shape section:

Here are the details:

  • Legacy Style: It can enable the traditional thick underscore cursor.
  • Underscore: It allows a thinner cursor which is similar to the traditional option.
  • Vertical Bar: It can enable a vertical cursor. For example, the cursor you can find in the text editors.
  • Empty Box: It can switch to an empty thick vertical cursor with the border lines.
  • Solid Box: It can switch to a solid thick vertical cursor without border lines.

10. You can choose two color styles under the Cursor Colors

  • Inverse Color: It inverts the cursor color based on the current background color.
  • Use Color: It enables you to specify a custom color for the cursor by using the RGB values.

11. By checking the Disable Scroll-Forward option under the Terminal Scrolling section, you can limit the scrolling up to the end of the last command input.

Terminal Scrolling

12. Click OK to save the changes.

After these steps, the new style settings will be available for Command Prompt whether you are using the console elevated or in the standard mode.

Although it is a guide based on Command Prompt, you can also refer to it to customize the PowerShell and Linux consoles on Windows 10.

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