Command Prompt / Console / Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Greetings from the Windows Command-Line Teams, including the Windows Console and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) teams!

We’re hear to learn about the features you’d like to see in the Windows Console (the terminal app itself), Cmd and PowerShell shells, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) upon which several Linux distros now run!

Note: Please don’t file bugs & issues here: file issues on our GitHub repos instead:

Please DO post your asks, ideas, wants and needs for future features: We ARE listening, and we ARE grateful for your feedback!

Windows Console & WSL Teams.

$ | >

(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. make /d the default behavior for CD

    Today when I work in CMD after each cd I type /d, isn't better to include it by default?

    3 votes
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      Signed in as (Sign out)

      We’ll send you updates on this idea

      1 comment  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • i think it good

      I want to help

      1 vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        Signed in as (Sign out)

        We’ll send you updates on this idea

        0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please add left margin in the console. It's been so many years...

        It's been years. I mean YEARS. People still ask for this. Adding some left margin would greatly improve readability. I don't think it's hard to ask for some left margin or some padding... Someone on the dev team please track this issue and I mean actually track it and give the community some feedback.

        4 votes
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          Signed in as (Sign out)

          We’ll send you updates on this idea

          0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Let PROMPT honor regional settings

          For now PROMPT's $t variable do not takes into account regional setting "Show leading zeroes". Let's correct this :)

          5 votes
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            Signed in as (Sign out)

            We’ll send you updates on this idea

            0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Let programs enable ANSI color support by setting CLICOLOR=1

            Currently all my Python scripts contain this code block so that ANSI color escape codes also work on Windows: https://gist.github.com/jhasse/4566a83b40a08d7b4987444276e4dddc

            It would be great, if this could just be done in a one liner by setting an environment variable for example (nearly all languages have cross-platform support for that).

            macOS uses CLICOLOR to enable colored output for their command line utils so it might be a good idea to reuse that: https://bixense.com/clicolors

            11 votes
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              Signed in as (Sign out)

              We’ll send you updates on this idea

              0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow customizing the highlight color.

              Right now, you can only customize the foreground, background, popup, and popup background colors. You should be allowed to also adjust the highlight (selection) foreground and background colors, as well as the cursor color.

              5 votes
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                Signed in as (Sign out)

                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • set 'enabledelayedexpansion' as a default behavior for Windows Command Prompt

                In some cases, Windows Command Prompt work with (environment) variables in its own way, which differs from widespread. E.g. code:

                set TEMPVAR=1
                if "1"=="1" (
                set TEMPVAR=2
                echo TEMPVAR="%TEMPVAR%"
                )

                executed from batchfile, print "1", when most of other shells aor programming languages print "2". Of course, there is a workaround for a sample above (to use 'call echo...' or 'enabledelayedexpansion' commands). But this is redundantly and not "common practice".

                From the other side, it's difficult to say, what is common between 'setlocal ... endlocal' and 'enabledelayedexpansion' options. Mean "setting local variables" and "enabling delayed expansion" is logically unrelated functionality.…

                2 votes
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                  1 comment  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Incompatible Error:Can not handle mouse right button drag-drop operation on my old console application!

                  Incompatible Error:Can not handle mouse right button drag-drop operation on my old console application!

                  2 votes
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                    0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • CMD Word wrapping during a command causes excessive additional spaces.

                    1. Open CMD
                    2. Run a command like ping 192.168.1.1
                    3. Resize the Window

                    Result: A lot of spaces are added, if you resize for long enough, this can continue to the point where the original text can no longer be scrolled to. This also applies to applications using their own CMD window for outputing errors warnings and information.

                    Expected result: I would expect positioning of characters to change for wrapping, without any change to the displayed strings themselves.

                    7 votes
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                      0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add slash character handling in the paths for the cmd-line commands (del, start).

                      Currently the output from git is unusable in cmd, for example there is no easy way to copy & paste path to a file so that it can be used with del as it uses slashes.

                      12 votes
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                        0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Intellisense support to DOS

                        1. Add Intellisense dropdown with suggestions to commands as user types.
                        2. Console app development framework added with enough API so developers can add Intellisense features to their console apps.

                        29 votes
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                          0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Do not destroy all input to right of tab completion

                          Currently, if you want to use tab completion to change one of the arguments to a prior-executed command, you have to hope it's the last argument on the command line. This is because tab completion wipes all characters to the "right" (en-US) of the cursor.

                          I'll use robocopy.exe as an example, which has the following usage:

                          ROBOCOPY source destination [file [file]...] [options]

                          As a contrived example, with [] to designate cursor position when tab is pressed....

                          1. standard tab completion:
                          Robocopy.exe C:\windows\in[]
                          2. Tab completion at end of word, but middle of line:
                          Robocopy.exe C:\windows\in[] C:\t\inf /S
                          3. Tab completion…

                          122 votes
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                            2 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Fix tab expansion of environment variables

                            Currently, tab expansion works fairly well. However, tab expansion fails when any part of a path uses an environment variable. Please fix this so tab completion (matching files / directories) expands environment variables as part of it's tab completion.

                            Working example:
                            1. In cmd.exe, type the following
                            cd C:\windows
                            2. Now hit 'tab' key twice
                            3. Update the cmd.exe line to the following:
                            cd %windir%\
                            4. Now hit 'tab' key many times

                            Results (as expected):
                            At step 2, the tab cycles through all directories that start with 'c:\windows'.
                            At step 4, the tab cycles through all subdirectories directly under c:\windows. …

                            6 votes
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              Signed in as (Sign out)

                              We’ll send you updates on this idea

                              0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Running CMD in system tray

                              I would like an option to run the CMD (batches) in the system tray instead of minimized on the Taskbar. It can be started minimized by using 'start /min' command in a batch file, but it cannot be located in the system tray.

                              9 votes
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                Signed in as (Sign out)

                                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add "sudo" tool/command in cmd/PowerShell

                                On *nix you can run a command from a non-root shell, which is the equivalent of a non-administrator Command Prompt, with administrative privileges, similar to what UAC does when it asks a user if they would like to give an application administrative privileges. To disable a network adapter, for example, you can run "sudo ifconfig eth0 down". The prefixed "sudo" command will run "ifconfig eth0 down" with what is essentially administrator privileges in Windows. Currently you have to do some long-winded (long-typed?) "runas", which requires that a username and password are provided. I don't necessarily need Command Prompt to always…

                                253 votes
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                  7 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Don't see your idea?

                                Command Prompt / Console / Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

                                Feedback and Knowledge Base