How to change _buffer_ size of console window (or can runas inherit console props)?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows 2000 CMD Promt' started by Alex Blekhman, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Hello,

    I'm regular to work with console window that is 100 cols x 40 lines.
    Console buffer is taller: 100 x 300. So, I have vertical scroll bar on
    console window. Now, when I run 'runas' command, then new console is
    open with default size, i.e.: 80x25.

    I can use 'mode con' command, but it influences only buffer size while
    window size try to occupy as mach screen as possible.

    Is there any possibility to set console window size and buffer size
    separately? Alternatively, can I cause 'runas' command to propagate
    current console settings to new process?

    Thanks in advance
    Alex Blekhman, Mar 16, 2005
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  2. Hallo Alex,
    consetbuffer from Frank P.Westlake will do that.
    Get it here:

    C:\>consetbuffer /?
    Version 1.0, Copyright (C)2000, 2001 Frank P. Westlake
    Sets the dimensions of the console buffer in columns and lines.

    ConSetBuffer [/X|C|W=columns] [/Y|L|H=lines]

    /X Specify the number of columns for the buffer width.
    /C and /W are the same as /X.
    /Y Specify the number of lines for the buffer height.
    /L and /H are the same as /Y.

    If either dimension is smaller than the applicable window dimension, the window
    will be adjusted.

    If neither argument is present, the current settings will be printed. The
    dimensions will be taken from the standard error device (STDERR) so that the
    correct values will be read when used with the FOR command. Nothing is written
    to STDERR so to ensure that the correct values are obtained, do not redirect
    STDERR. To save the dimensions in a batch program, use the following:

    FOR /F "tokens=2,4 delims== " %%A in ('ConSetBuffer') Do (
    Set Columns=%%A
    Set Lines=%%B
    Matthias Tacke, Mar 16, 2005
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  3. Alex Blekhman, Mar 16, 2005
  4. It is actually just some registry key settings located at HKCU\Console. I
    basically have a .REG file that sets up my cmd console window to exactly
    what I want (window size, font, buffer size, color, quick edit, etc), and I
    make sure to run that .REG file using all user accounts once. From now on,
    all consoles opened by these users are exactly the same -- even when I use
    RUNAS. And when I forget or run on a new system, I have the .REG file
    shared on a public read UNC share so I am always one command away from
    having my console settings.

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    David Wang [Msft], Mar 18, 2005
  5. I agree with that David.

    There might be additional subkeys, this batch lists them with sizes.
    (Requires reg.exe)

    @echo off
    echo Window_X*Y_^|_Buffer_X*Y_^|_App-key_____________________________
    for /F "tokens=1-2,*" %%A in (
    'reg query hkcu\console /s^|findstr "\ ScreenBufferS WindowS"') do (
    if "%%B" NEQ "REG_DWORD" (set "HKCUCon=%%A %%B %%C"&set "SBS="&SET "WS=")
    if "%%A" EQU "ScreenBufferSize" set "SBS=%%C"
    if "%%A" EQU "WindowSize" set "WS=%%C" & call :display)
    goto :eof
    set /A "WSW=WS&0xffff, WSH=WS>>16"
    set "WSW= %WSW%"&set "WSH=%WSH% "
    set /A "SBW=SBS&0xffff, SBH=SBS>>16"
    set "SBW= %SBW%"&set "SBH=%SBH% "
    echo/%WSW:~-5%*%WSH:~,5%^|%SBW:~-5%*%SBH:~,5% ^| %HKCUCon%

    Matthias Tacke, Mar 18, 2005
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