How to Make the Windows 10 Command Prompt Transparent

If you use the command line a lot, you might be tired of the default look of the command prompt windows. Change things up by making it transparent.

If you use the Command Prompt a lot, you might be tired of the default look of the prompt window. We’ve shown you how to customize the prompt in earlier versions of Windows. In Windows 10, you can still customize its look and make it transparent as well.

Make Command Prompt Transparent in Windows 10

Launch the Command Prompt by hitting the Windows Key and type:
cmd and hit Enter or select it from the hidden power user menu. Once it’s open, right-click the top border and select Properties.

cmd properties

On the Options tab, make sure the Use legacy console box at the bottom is unchecked (it should be by default).

cmd prompt options tab

Then go to the Colors tab, and at the bottom, you can adjust the opacity slider to get the transparency effect you want. Of course, here is also where you can change the color of the screen background and tweak the text.

transparent slider

That’s it. Now you can customize it to how you want it to look. The screenshots below are just a couple of examples of what you can do.


cmd prompt transparent

Once you get a look that you like, make sure to right-click the top border, select Defaults, and plug in those settings. Otherwise, the next time you launch the prompt, it will revert to the boring black and white default.

It’s also worth noting that if you need to adjust the transparency on the fly, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Increase Transparency: Ctrl + Shift + Plus (+)
  • Decrease Transparency: Ctrl + Shift + Minus (-)

You can also use Ctrl + Shift and scroll up or down using your mouse. Scrolling up increases transparency, and scrolling down decreases it.

What’s your take? Do you use the Command Prompt a lot and like the built-in customization features for it in Windows 10? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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  1. Carlos Gomes

    Any way to set opacity from command line?

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