How to Open a Terminal Session in Windows 7

Most computer applications operate from within an application window, but this was not always the case. Early computer programs were managed through the use of a command line interface, a method of control that is still available on modern computers. On a Mac computer, the command line interface comes in the form of the Terminal application. On a Windows 7 computer, the Terminal equivalent is the Command Prompt program.

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Old PCs relied on command-line procedures more than modern machines do.
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Click the "Start" button to open the Start menu.


Open the "All Programs" menu, followed by the "Accessories" option.


Select the "Command Prompt" option from the "Accessories" menu to open a command-line interface session in a new window on the computer.

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