How to Print a DOS Screen

By Naomi Bolton

While MS-DOS has been replaced by Microsoft Windows, the Command Prompt offers the same functionality in modern versions of Windows. The prompt allows you to run DOS-like commands inside a window on your desktop. While there are special programs that allow you to print a the prompt's screen, the same can be done with the Snipping Tool, which is part of the operating system, and Microsoft OneNote, which is a part of Microsoft Office. Printing the contents of your Command Prompt allows you to keep a hardcopy of any information displayed that can be archived for future use or data capturing purposes.

Print an Image of the Command Prompt Using the Snipping Tool

Click the Start button and type “CMD” (without the quotation marks) into the “Search Programs and Files” box.

Press “Enter” to activate the command prompt. Click and drag the command prompt window to a size that fits your preferences using the mouse cursor.

Enter the command or run the program that has the screen that you want to capture.

Click the Start button and type “Snipping Tool” in the “Search Programs and Files” box.

Click the “Snipping Tool” option from the “Programs” list to start the utility.

Click and drag your mouse cursor over the Command Prompt window to specify the area that you want to capture. The selected area will be highlighted.

Release the left mouse button to capture the selected area and display it in the Snipping Tool window.

Click “Save Snip” from the top of the Snipping Tool window. Specify a location on your computer where you want to save the snip.

Right-click on the file that you saved and select the “Print” option. Select the printer, paper size and quality that you want to use.

Click the “Print” button to print the snip of the Command Prompt screen that you have captured.

Extract Text from the Image with Microsoft OneNote

Open your image in Paint or another program, right-click it and choose "Copy."

Open OneNote and open a tab. Press "Ctrl+V" to paste the image into OneNote.

Right-click the image in OneNote and select "Copy Text from Picture." You can now paste the text into any document and save it, format it and print it directly from whatever application you want to.