Changing the Resolution of Full Screen Console Mode in Windows
For many IT administrators, knowing how to change the resolution of full screen console mode in Windows is a valuable skill. The full screen console mode of Windows is a text-based interface that is used to perform tasks such as managing system settings, running programs, and troubleshooting hardware and software issues. It is also used for system maintenance tasks such as creating partitions, formatting disks, and more.
When entering full screen console mode, the resolution of the screen is set to a default. This resolution may not be the optimal size for the task at hand, so it is important to know how to change the resolution in order to make the best use of the space available.
The first step in changing the resolution of full screen console mode is to determine the type of display that is being used. This can be done by going to the Control Panel, selecting System, and then clicking on the Device Manager tab. Under the Display Adapters section, the type of display adapter that is installed should be listed.
Once the type of display adapter is determined, the next step is to open the Command Prompt. This can be done by going to the Start menu, and typing “cmd” in the search box. When the Command Prompt window appears, type “mode con” and press Enter. This will display a list of the current display settings.
The resolution of the display can be changed by using the “mode con” command. To do this, type “mode con:cols=x lines=y”, where x is the desired number of columns, and y is the desired number of rows. For example, to change the resolution to 1280x1024, the command would be “mode con:cols=1280 lines=1024”. Once the desired resolution is entered, press Enter to apply the changes.
In some cases, the resolution may not take effect until the full screen console mode is exited and re-entered. To do this, press the Windows key and the letter “r” at the same time. This will open the Run dialog box. Type “cmd” in the box, and then press Enter to open the Command Prompt. Then, type “exit” and press Enter to exit the full screen console mode.
Finally, once the desired resolution has been applied, it is important to save the settings. To do this, go to the Start menu and type “regedit” in the search box. This will open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\Video” folder. Then, right click on the “CurrentSettings” folder, and click on “Export”. This will save the registry settings to a file, which can be used to restore the resolution in case of a system crash or other issues.
In summary, changing the resolution of full screen console mode in Windows is a straightforward process. By knowing the type of display adapter that is installed, and using the “mode con” command and the Registry Editor, an IT administrator can quickly and easily change the resolution to the desired size. This can be a great time saver for system maintenance and troubleshooting tasks.