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20 Cool Command Line Tricks for Windows

The command line (or Terminal for you Mac fans) is a throwback to a simpler age of computing, before mouse pointers and application windows and desktop wallpaper. Back when it was just you and a window full of text. Operating systems have long since evolved beyond the humble command line interface, but there’s still no better tool for quickly disseminating complex information in your operating system—and you can actually do some other pretty cool stuff with them, too.

For Windows Users

In Windows you can launch the command line by typing “cmd” into the search box on the taskbar and hitting Enter, but for some of these commands you need administrator privileges. To get those, launch Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc), then choose File and Run new task. Enter “cmd” in the box, tick the admin privileges box beneath, and then click OK.
Some of these commands will throw up many screens of text, but you can use the “| more” flag after any of them to go a screen at a time (that’s the pipe character at the start). Alternatively, use “> c:\export.txt” to send the output to a text file, changing its name and location as you like.

1) View installed drivers

If you’re troubleshooting hardware problems or just want to know if something’s installed successfully, seeing a list of installed drivers can help: type “driverquery”, hit Enter, and you get a list of all the current Windows drivers, alongside install dates and display names.