How to use your Operating System's console window

Often used to help debug, a console is a user interface to send commands to your operating system. Similar to the commands you may send when using a server's console, these commands are used to manage files or perform operations on your computer, such as performing a ping test or a traceroute which we may ask you to perform so that we can diagnose issues.

Windows:
To open the command prompt in Windows you need to press the Windows Key + R. This will open the Run Dialog. Type "cmd" into this input and click "OK". See the screenshot below for reference:



Mac:
To open the command prompt on Mac you first need to open Finder. Next open Applications > Utilities and you'll find the Terminal.


Linux:
As there are many different flavors of Linux, it's best to use the search function to look for the Terminal.
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