Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is it possible to extend the windows cmd prompt, by prepending a string to the current prompt?

If I would use bash, I would write something like PS1="XXX $PS1"

Is there a similar possibility for the Windows command prompt?

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Dec 28 '12 at 13:46

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

PROMPT "String %PROMPT%"

The current prompt is stored, as you may have guessed, in the %PROMPT% environment variable. Using that in the prompt command will keep the existing prompt.

share|improve this answer

Yes.

set "PROMPT=XXX %PROMPT%"

See also:

share|improve this answer
    
That does not preserve the current prompt, though. It appends the system default prompt to the string. What if the prompt has already been changed to something? – Soumya Dec 28 '12 at 12:08
    
Thank you, edited my answer. – utapyngo Dec 28 '12 at 12:11

I've solved it!

The prompt is also available using the environment variable PROMPT.

Hence I can do a

set PROMPT=XXX %PROMPT%

share|improve this answer
1  
Did not I suggest the same? – utapyngo Dec 28 '12 at 13:55

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .