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Chapter 11. Controlling Your Environment > Changing the User Interface

Changing the User Interface

User interface is a term that is often overused in computer circles. It does describe an integral part of computers, however—how you (the user) interact with the computer. DOS provides what has come to be known as a text-based user interface, meaning that you communicate with DOS via a command line. In Chapter 4, “Using the DOS Shell,” you learned about the DOS Shell, which provides a different user interface.

If you don't want to use the DOS Shell, you can still modify how you interact with DOS. Primarily, you do so through two commands: PROMPT and MODE. The PROMPT command enables you to change what the DOS command prompt looks like, and the MODE command enables you to define how your system should work in conjunction with your video display.


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