Command Prompt

“A command prompt is used in a text-based or “command-line” interface, such as a Unix terminal or a DOS shell. It is a symbol or series of characters at the beginning of a line that indicates the system is ready to receive input. It other words, it prompts the user for a command (hence the name)” (, 2008).

When I discovered what the command prompt was I was really astonished at what it could do from the tutorial lesson we were given within class. Having the ability to use the console to convert files from one format to another without any other additional software, however by using this we had to install the ‘ImageShack’ tool into the console.

With the command prompt there are different titles for different computers which are;

–          Console

–          Shell

–          Terminal

–          Command Prompt

By learning about this command line I can create shortcuts to converting both images and videos into the formats I want to by simply typing shorthand commands into the console telling it exactly what I want it to do as we all know ‘computers are stupid’ without letting them know exactly what we want. Also with this console we can talk directly to the computer creating folders and telling where to put certain files without using the help of the mouse.


The reason for using a software and technique like is much quicker as it’s a free open source software as well simple to do if you know the right command of conversion. In future I would love to develop the skills to use the command prompt to its full potential as companies would love to have someone who has the skills to get from place to place in a short amount of time when it comes to data handling. 2008. Command Prompt Definition. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 12 Feb 2014].