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, 2013 at 13:03
  • Simple use powerhsell. Type posershell in windows command prompt and then use (Ctrl + L) Keyboard shortcut key. After this your black cmd screen will got clear. If you don't want to be on powershell then simply type exit to switch back to windows cmd prompt mode. Dec 26, 2023 at 10:58

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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 Dec 9, 2014 at 12:23
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    I think I understand why people like to alias clear in linux to cls for the consistency between systems!
    – Roy Ling
    Nov 4, 2015 at 5:40
  • Typing 'cls' + Enter (Return) is 4 keystrokes. That's pretty close to the 2 or probably 3 you'd need for a keyboard shortcut.
    – Dvaeer
    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:05
  • @Dvaeer with a keyboard shortcut I could e.g. clear the terminal without removing the command I was typing - please don't assume there's only the one use case you can come up with
    – mccc
    Oct 12, 2022 at 8:17

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 Feb 19, 2016 at 11:57
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    Also #IfWinActive Command Prompt will prevent overriding shortcuts for other console applications like bash Feb 19, 2016 at 12:11
  • must say, this makes me smile every time I use it. TY @petermeissner
    – Mark Nadig
    Apr 22, 2016 at 15:58
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    Doing SendInput {Escape} before SendInput cls{Enter} makes sure the line gets cleared before adding the cls command.
    – Karlsson
    Jul 26, 2019 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

  • Maximum answers are already given but I can give you a small hack is to just switch to powershell via windows cmd Dec 26, 2023 at 10:54

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