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  What is the Console?

If you are new to Half-Life or you just load it up and shoot some bad guys... you probably don't know what the 'Console' is.

It is a way of accessing features, settings, launching games etc. To access it, you have to enable it. That is fairly simple.

I'm going to presume you know how to make a shortcut to a file on your computer and that you know where you installed Half-Life to on your computer.

In this guide:

  Commands:  Will be like this.

To access the console:

1. Make yourself a shortcut to the Half-Life executable [x:\sierra\half-life\hl.exe] on your Desktop or wherever you want the shortcut to be.
2. Once the shortcut is made, test it by launching Half-Life.
3. Now, bring up the shortcuts properties. On the second tab [Shortcut] you should see something like this:

4. You need to add a new parameter into the Target: field. In the Target: field add the following: -console.
Your shortcut properties should now look something like this:

5. You can now click on Apply, the close and test out your modified shortcut.

Launch Half-Life with your 'console enabled' shortcut and you should see a new option on the main menu 'Console':

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To enter the cosole just click on the button on the main menu. When you are in the game press the ` key to bring down the console.

You have now successfully enabled the console in Half-Life. Have fun using it.

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