How to Enable or Disable Scroll Forward in Console Window in Windows 10

A console (or "terminal) is an application that provides I/O to character-mode applications.

For example: command prompt, PowerShell, or Linux

Starting with Windows 10 build 18298, when you open the properties page of any Console window, you will notice an additional Terminal tab containing several new settings for some experimental features.

When Scroll Forward is enabled (default state), the Console can to scroll anywhere within the Console’s buffer, even below the most recent row of text displayed.

When Scroll Forward is disabled, the Console will not allow scrolling below the last line output, similar to how most *NIX terminals work.

See also: New Experimental Console Features Windows Command Line Tools For Developers

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable scroll forward in a console window (ex: command prompt, PowerShell, Linux) for your account in Windows 10.

When you enable or disable Scroll Forward for a console window, it will only be applied to the specific console window shortcut that opened it.

For example, command prompt opened via Win+X menu VS Run (Win+R) dialog. Each location would have its own settings.

Here's How:

1. Open a command prompt, elevated command prompt, PowerShell, elevated PowerShell, or Linux console window you want to enable or disable scroll forward for.

You could also just directly right click on the console window shortcut or file, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 3 below.

2. Right click or press and hold on the title bar of the console window, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Console_window_scroll_forward-1.png
Views: 213
Size:  19.3 KB

3. Click/tap on the Terminal tab, check (disable) or uncheck (enable - default) Disable Scroll-Forward for what you want under the Terminal Scrolling settings, and click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Console_window_scroll_forward-2.png
Views: 204
Size:  27.5 KB

4. You can now close the console window if you like.

That's it,

Related Tutorials