The TITLE command in Windows Command Prompt (CMD) is used to set the title of the command prompt window. This can be particularly useful in a multi-window environment to quickly distinguish between different command prompt windows based on the tasks they are performing. The command is most effective in script files to dynamically show the process or operation being performed.


The basic syntax for the TITLE command is:

TITLE [string]
  • string is the title you want to set for the command prompt window. This is an optional parameter; if not specified, the title will be cleared.


The TITLE command does not have any flags or options. Its only argument is the optional title string.


  1. Setting a Basic Title:
    To set the title of the Command Prompt window to “My Command Window”, you would use:

    TITLE My Command Window
  2. Clearing the Title:
    To clear the existing title, simply use the command without specifying a title:

  3. Using Variables in Title:
    You can also use environment variables to set a dynamic title. For instance, setting the title to show the current directory can be done as follows:

    TITLE %CD%

Common Issues

  • Special Characters in Title:
    If your title includes special characters (like ampersand &), it might not display correctly. Use quotes to encapsulate the title:

    TITLE "Backup & Restore"
  • Persistence Across Sessions:
    The title change is not persistent and will revert to the default when the CMD session is closed. To permanently change the title, you need to modify CMD shortcut properties or use scripts.


TITLE can be used with other CMD commands to enhance usability within scripts or batch files. For example, in a script that performs various tasks, you can update the title to reflect the current operation.

@echo off
TITLE Checking Network Status
ping example.com

TITLE Displaying Current Directory

TITLE Completed
  • CMD – Launches a new instance of the command prompt.
  • ECHO – Displays messages or turns command echoing on or off.
  • SET – Sets or displays environment variables.

For more detailed information, you can visit the official Microsoft documentation: Windows CMD Commands.

In conclusion, using the TITLE command enhances the visibility and management of multiple CMD windows, making it simpler to monitor the execution of different operations.