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  1. Provide a ncurses like library alongside with Powershell, Cmd

    Provide a ncurses like library alongside with Powershell, Cmd to ease developing text based applications like text editors, file managers and interactive command line tools.

    8 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Better buffer resizing

      The new console resizing using the mouse is great.. for cmd.
      But for other console apps it would be better to have greater control over that resizing.
      The new 'Wrap text output on resize' locks the window width to the buffer width. It would be useful to also lock the window height to the buffer height.
      Also it would useful to not allow the user to resize the buffer, leaving it under the control of the application.
      And the 'Wrap text output on resize' option needs to be accessible via a Win32 api call.

      9 votes
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      • `color NN` should set the FG/BG color "defaults" for ANSI colors

        Currently (as of Win Version 10.0.14393), the ANSI sequences "\x1b[m" == "\x1b[0m", "\x1b[39m", and "\x1b[49m" reset the respective color to the default color of the console determined at the time the console process was initiated. If the user changes the current console colors using the `color` command, that new color preference is unfortunately discarded when any of the reset sequences are encountered.

        Up to this point, the usual practice of most Win32 applications, when implementing ANSI color, is to read the console attributes at the start of their execution, and use those values to "reset" the colors. So, if the…

        3 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Reset console preferences to their factory default

          Insert a button to reset users customizations (fonts, color, legacy option, size) and so on...

          4 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Text editor like editing functions

            Text editor like editing functions should be there, (like Ctrl+BackSpace or Ctrl+Delete to delete words to whitespaces, etc.) Currently we have to delete letter by letter. I know there is Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End to delete whole sentence to left or to right, but it is inconvenient.
            There should be ability to adjust the verical line spacing in cmd.

            4 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • bash copy paste

              Keyboard-based copy/paste should work in the bash console (ctrl+c/v)

              1,015 votes
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                51 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • edit text files natively in cmd

                There should be functionality to display, create, edit text files natively in cmd.
                It would be great addition so develpers can work with text files on the fly.

                3 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Drop Down Bash Console

                  Firs I want to say THANK YOU FOR BASH ON WINDOWS!!!!!!

                  On Linux there is a are a few tools like guake for a "Drop Down Terminal" for easy access and tab support. The only one I can find for windows no longer has support and I think it would add a lot of convenience.

                  8 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • I don't oppose to the integrated precompiled debiancyness Unice, unice subsystem that perhaps outperforms /dev/wow | bench > /dev/null, howe

                    I don't oppose to the integrated precompiled debiancyness Unice, unice subsystem that perhaps outperforms /dev/wow | bench > /dev/null, however I think OSS would be impressed with native :0 xwin, I say YES to the Microsoft decisionmakers that suffers less from Finnish ways to leverage important innovations, so OSS repository/svn/git for all the magick needed such that Microsoft drivers would even be able to be replaced, renewed, OSS I vote for complete integration meaning sinks to pulse/jack/audio/hdmi magick etc.. and all misanthropic features that would perform better I suppose, that is, after they fixed the I/O schedular policies that P2P…

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                      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make UTF-8 an option for "non-Unicode" programs (ACP)

                      While I personally appreciate Microsoft's recent improvements involving CP_UTF8 in UoW/conhost, I feel that the support is still far from complete.

                      Windows' traditional way of making console programs support Unicode characters – compiler-level settings like TCHAR & UNICODE – have been causing troubles for cross-platform libraries and their users. On the other hand, UTF-8, an ASCII-compatible MBCS with support for full Unicode ranges, has become the choice of "legacy-style" C/C++ programmers as well as front-end engineers.

                      MS is now extending its sphere of influence to many other fields, by introducing open-source programming components and by providing decent cross-platform app-building support.…

                      14 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for the suggestion.

                        The biggest overhaul to the Console’s innards in more than 30 years is currently underway. UTF-8 support is something that we are and will be working on in order to support a much broader set of scenarios, platforms, clients and tools.

                        Just one example of the level of improvements being made include all the Virtual Terminal sequence support added to the Console during Win10AU to support many *NIX tools, along with the new 24-bit color support we released in today’s Insiders build #14931.

                        Stay tuned for lots more improvements coming in future insiders and major releases.

                      • Selection box sometimes disappears

                        Keep the mouse still and left click, right click, then left click. The selection box wont appear on the second left click and it will take an additional left click to make it appear.

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                        • Provide an official pty API on win32, not only of WLS.

                          Allow native win32 applications to establish an pty and grab console modifications to it.

                          17 votes
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                          • Triple click to select whole line

                            Currently (AnnUpd) clicking selects one character and double clicking selects whole word. Another step would be to triple click to select whole line.

                            1 vote
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                              0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Since Release 1607 3rd pty bitmap fonts stopped working in console windows

                              Since Release 1607 3rd pty bitmap fonts stopped working in console windows. In the settings dialog the additional sizes are listed and the preview shows them correctly but in the actual console windows only the build-in bitmap fonts are used. Still worked in 1511.
                              This is the case at least with my fonts which worked fine since Windows 95. They have the OEM flag and the face name is Terminal.
                              http://www.uwe-sieber.de/dosfon_e.html#download

                              1 vote
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                              • Layout characters wider than one cell correctly under non-DBCS codepages, like 65001.

                                Currently character wider (visually) than one cell (or i mean, a space character's width) can be correctly layouted only in DBCS codepages (that is, 932, 950, 949 and 936). In other codepages like 65001, all wider characters are fit in one cell, and cannot be shown correctly.

                                4 votes
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                                • Linux MKLINK permission inconsistency

                                  Integrating more Linux features with Windows means that the inconsistency between symlinks on Windows (UAC elevation required, yet "Create symbolic links" secpol.msc ignored if user if also an Administrator) vs the Posix model of anyone being able to create a symlink.

                                  Personally I don't see why symlink access is restricted by default. I can see an option to restrict symlinks on the part of IT departments locking down users and trying to avoid confusion, but for anyone that's a user of the Windows Subsystem for Linux it doesn't make a bit of sense.

                                  6 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Re: " don’t see why symlink access is restricted by default…"

                                    Please read our announcement blog for more background on relaxing symlink creation restrictions for developers: https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/12/02/symlinks-windows-10

                                    Also note the following:
                                    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-vista/cc766301(v=ws.10)#create-symbolic-links

                                    Imagine if symlinks could be created using standard non-admin rights: What would stop a piece of malware from creating symlinks that redirect an existing Word doc to a Word doc with an malicious payload. Symlinks pose VERY serious security threats which is why creating them has been a restricted right since Vista.

                                  • Prevent Powershell from interpreting binary output of an external EXE as strings when piping two EXEs

                                    Currently in Powershell, when piping two EXEs like this:

                                    a.exe | b.exe

                                    Powershell will try to interpret the output of “a.exe” as string, even if it is producing binary output, like what the curl.exe did.

                                    Please do not do this, or provide another set of piping operator to treat streams as binary.

                                    1 vote
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                                    • Provide a "Console Control" for GUI apps to incorporate a Console pane/window

                                      1) Allow cmd line to be embedded in GUI app as a window.
                                      2) Better integration of stdin stdout with GUI apps (able to show output from cmd line in GUI and control console from GUI)
                                      3) Ability to run CMD line tools in a hidden window from GUI with ability to send commands to stdin and respond to output in stdout.

                                      For example: able to control and respond to output from Robocopy without a console window being displayed, or to display output if desired in an embedded console window within a GUI app.

                                      Able to control size of console…

                                      10 votes
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                                      • Auto-hide scrollbar, esecially in full-screen mode

                                        Hide the scrollbar until mouse approaches it. Make the "hit zone" for showing the scrollbar bigger than the scrollbar itself so it's not too hard to show. This feature would be especially nice in full screen mode.

                                        125 votes
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                                        • Allow Fallback Fonts

                                          It'd be nice to have font fallbacks to allow unicode symbols to show up in the terminal. Consolas doesn't have very good Unicode coverage, and most *nix terminals have the capability.

                                          30 votes
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