Configure a system device: COM / LPT port, or CMD console CON.

Syntax Serial port: MODE COMm[:] [BAUD=b] [PARITY=p] [DATA=d] [STOP=s] [to=on|off] [xon=on|off] [odsr=on|off] [octs=on|off] [dtr=on|off|hs] [rts=on|off|hs|tg] [idsr=on|off] Device Status: MODE [device] [/STATUS] Redirect printing: MODE LPTn[:]=COMm[:] Select code page: MODE CON[:] CP SELECT=yyy Code page status: MODE CON[:] CP [/STATUS] Display size - number of columns wide and number of lines deep: MODE CON[:] [COLS=c] [LINES=n] undocumented) abbreviated version of the above: MODE Cols, Lines Typematic rate: MODE CON[:] [RATE=r DELAY=d]

Used without parameters, MODE displays the status of all devices installed on your system
(COM1, COM2, LPT1, CON) this output is language/locale specific.

C:> MODEStatus for device CON:---------------------- Lines: 240 Columns: 80 Keyboard Rate: 31 Keyboard delay: 1 Code Page: 850 

Mode can be used to set the display window to be larger than the monitor width and/or height, in this case the CMD window size will be restricted to the display size but a scroll bar will appear. If the display window is made very large (many times the size of a typical display), the memory used by conhost.exe will increase, in extreme cases to over 1 GB.

Show the status of a specific device:
MODE [device]

To additionally show the status of any redirected parallel printer:
MODE [device] [/STATUS]


Typematic rate is the rate at which a character is repeated when you hold down a 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.

To configure a parallel printer port (PRN, LPT1, LPT2, or LPT3):
MODE LPTn[:]=COMm[:]

To setup the parameters for a serial port.
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:


MODE CON:cols=80 lines=25

MODE 80, 50


“The dogma of the ghost in the machine” ~ Gilbert Ryle


NET – manage network resources
CHCP – Display or change device settings
Equivalent bash command (Linux): screen – Terminal window manager


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