I was at a retirement party recently when, as often happens, talk turned to the "old days". I was talking to one of the attendees about doskey and how useful it still is. He asked, "Have you ever used Alt+F7?". I had to admit that I hadn't. When I got back from the party, I gave it a quick try.
I must say that I have found another command line time saver. For those who read my original doskey post, you will remember that I'm quite fond of using F7 / F9 to navigate through my command history. Anyone who has worked in a Command Prompt window for a significant amount of time will notice that the command history can get lengthy at times.
How does Alt+F7 help with this? It clears the command history for the current Command Prompt window. I think of Alt+F7 as doskey's version of the cls (clear screen) command.
Now, whenever I find myself scrolling through a command history that has grown too long, I use Alt+F7 and retype the command(s) that I need (which are now conviniently a brief scroll away).
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