Keeping the Console Open with IDLE

Catherine Heathcote catherine.heathcote at
Fri Feb 20 09:01:08 EST 2009

W. eWatson wrote:
>> I'm not sure whether I should feel old or write a smart alec comment --
>> I suppose there are people in the world who don't know what to do with a
>> command prompt....
>> Assuming a Windows system:
>> 2. Type 'cd ' (as in Change Directory) in the command prompt window (w/o
>> the single quote characters)
>> 3. Drag/drop the folder containing your python script to your command
>> prompt window
>> 4. Hit enter in your command prompt window.
>> 5. Type python to execute
>> --David
> If I enter just cd, then it tells me cd is not defined. If I enter 
> c:/python25, it tells me I have a syntax error at c in c:. The title of 
> the black background window I have up with a >>> prompt shown in it is 
> "Python(command line)". Maybe this isn't the real Python console window?
> What I want is that if I execute the program by double clicking on its 
> name to display the console window with the program or syntax errors 
> shown without it closing in a split second. Putting read_raw in it 
> doesn't work, since some error prevents it from ever being seen.

you need to open a dos prompt before doing the steps above. Go to 
start->run and hit "cmd" <enter> without the quotes.

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