I was at a retirement party recently when, as often happens, talk turned to the “old days”. I was talking to one of the attendees about doskey and how useful it still is. He asked, “Have you ever used
Alt+F7?”. I had to admit that I hadn’t. When I got back from the party, I gave it a quick try.
I must say that I have found another command line time saver. For those who read my original doskey post, you will remember that I’m quite fond of using
F9 to navigate through my command history. Anyone who has worked in a Command Prompt window for a significant amount of time will notice that the command history can get lengthy at times.
Alt+F7 help with this? It clears the command history for the current Command Prompt window. I think of
Alt+F7 as doskey’s version of the cls (clear screen) command.
Now, whenever I find myself scrolling through a command history that has grown too long, I use
Alt+F7 and retype the command(s) that I need (which are now conviniently a brief scroll away).
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