Is there any way of clearing the command prompt screen in windows using keyboard shortcuts?

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    If keyboard shortcuts are a must for some reason you can always cook up an AutoHotkey script that sends cls<Enter> to the open command prompt window. – Karan Apr 20 '13 at 13:03

NO, But you can use CLS command to clear the whole screen, Esc (Escape) key will clear the input line. In addition, pressing Ctrl + C will move the cursor to a new blank line.

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    in powershell you can use also clear – binary_runner Dec 9 '14 at 12:23
  • I think I understand why people like to alias clear in linux to cls for the consistency between systems! – Roy Ling Nov 4 '15 at 5:40

If you really really want to do that with a keyboard shortcut (myself included) you might turn to using autohotkey and write a little script like this:

; -------------------------------------------------------------------------
; Cntr-L should clear screen
; -------------------------------------------------------------------------
#IfWinActive ahk_class ConsoleWindowClass
Send cls{Enter}


what the script does ...

  • first look if one is within console application
  • if CTRL+L is pressed
  • write cls to the console and then hit ENTER
  • You might want to use SendInput – user2418306 Feb 19 '16 at 11:57
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    Also #IfWinActive Command Prompt will prevent overriding shortcuts for other console applications like bash – user2418306 Feb 19 '16 at 12:11
  • must say, this makes me smile every time I use it. TY @petermeissner – Mark Nadig Apr 22 '16 at 15:58
  • Doing SendInput {Escape} before SendInput cls{Enter} makes sure the line gets cleared before adding the cls command. – Karlsson Jul 26 at 10:53

So long i also research but found best way to achieve this by defining Doskey Macro

i defined macro like this

doskey 1=cd\ $T cls

this will do two things by simple writing 1 and hit enter

  1. Bring you on clean Command route
  2. Clear entire screen

Note: you can add multiple desire command under one macro by separating them with $T

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