Command Prompt/Close

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The Command Prompt is the command line interface (CLI) provided with Microsoft operating systems. This activity will show you how to close a command prompt.



To prepare for these activities:

  1. Start Windows.
  2. Log in if necessary.
  3. Have a command prompt open.

Activity 1 - Close a Command Prompt[edit]

Three different methods for closing a command prompt are available. These include the Close button, the Control box, and the Exit command.

Method 1 - Close Button[edit]

As with any window, to close a command prompt using the Close button:

  1. Click on the Close button (X) in the upper right corner.

Method 2 - Control Box[edit]

As with any window, to close a command prompt using the control box:

  1. Click on the Command Prompt icon / Control Box in the upper left corner or press Alt + Space.
  2. Select Close.

Method 3 - Exit Command[edit]

Unique to command prompts, to close a command prompt using the Exit command:

  1. Type exit in the command window. Note: Windows commands are generally not case sensitive. Exit, exit, and EXIT work equally well.
  2. Press Enter.