Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Command Reference
Tags: Windows Commandline Windows
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Mode is an all purpose configuration command, used without parameters, MODE displays the status of all devices installed on your system.


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


Show the status of a specific device:

MODE [device]

To additionally show the status of any redirected parallel printer:

MODE [device] [/STATUS]

CMD Prompt

Change the CMD prompt screen size/buffer

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



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



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.

MODE lptn[:]=comm[:]

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:


Display the current Code page:


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