mode

MODE

Mode is an all purpose configuration command, used without parameters, MODE displays the status of all devices installed on your system.

Devices

Show the status of all devices: (Typically COM1, COM2, LPT1, CON)

MODE

Show the status of a specific device:

MODE [device]

To additionally show the status of any redirected parallel printer:

MODE [device] [/STATUS]

CMD Prompt window size

Change the CMD prompt screen size/buffer

Number of cols(characters) wide and Number of lines deep

MODE CON[:] [COLS=c] [LINES=n]

Keyboard

Set the keyboard typematic rate, the rate at which a character is repeated when you hold down the key.

MODE CON[:] [RATE=r DELAY=d]

Printing

To redirect output from a parallel port (PRN, LPT1, LPT2, or LPT3) to a serial port(COM1, COM2, COM3, etc).

You must be a member of the Administrators group to redirect printing.

To configure a parallel printer port (PRN, LPT1, LPT2, or LPT3):

MODE LPTn[:]=COMm[:]

To setup the parameters for a serial port (* see Start, Help, Commands for more on this).

MODE COMm [options*]

Configure a printer connected to a parallel printer port.

mode LPTn[:] [c][,[l][,r]]

mode LPTn[:] [cols=c] [lines=l]

This allows you to configure a line printer connected to a parallel printer port.

International Settings

Change the current code page:

MODE CON[:] CP SELECT=yyy

Display the current Code page:

MODE CON[:] CP [/STATUS]

Examples:

MODE CON:cols=80 lines=25

"The dogma of the ghost in the machine" - Gilbert Ryle

Related:

NET - manage network resources

CHCP - Display or change device settings

Equivalent bash command (Linux): screen - Terminal window manager