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  1. Make it possible to choose text and background colors regardless of ANSI color palette

    There are some people who like light-yellow background with black text or light-green text with black background.

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    • Support installing and fully uninstalling from CMD/Powershell

      I use Windows for about 25 years now but I never used the Windows store. Never had a reason to. I don't want to install and uninstall WSL form Windows store.

      I'd like to install it, or fullly uninstall WSL (Ubuntu in my case) directly form CLI. I assume I'm not the only one.

      By "full uninstall" I mean to delete all the file system, including files that were created customly , like som .sh files in the user's directory.

      2 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve piping & interop syntax

        Let's say you work on windows (cmd/powershell), and you want to pipe something to linux, do something there, and pipe something out. For example, copying to clipboard cowsaying all files/folders from C\Windows starting with 's'. (Yes. Very practical example)

        Normally, you would use this syntax
        C:\Windows>dir | bash -c "grep '\ss'" | bash -c "cowsay" | clip

        It would work, but it is rather verbose & it needs to have those quotation marks, which is annoying.

        I have used a nice utility ($.exe from https://github.com/neosmart/RunInBash), which makes this look a bit better:
        C:\Windows>dir | $ grep '\ss' | $…

        2 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Double click to enter selection mode

          Now the selection mode starts to work when you just click on a console window. Sometimes you don't want it, and it may cause losing of contents of the clipboard. It is better to use double click for entering this mode.

          6 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • xterm modifyOtherKeys - ^1 C-1 Ctrl+1 Ctrl+number

            Support the xterm "modifyOtherKeys" feature, so that combinations of Ctrl/Alt/Meta can be used with number keys. For example, Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2 ... Ctrl+9.

            Currently the terminal only supports Shift+number and Alt+number.

            C-1: 1 (i.e. not different form a plain 1 keystroke)
            C-2: ^@
            C-3: ^[
            C-4: ^\
            C-5: ^]
            C-6: ^^
            C-7: ^_
            C-8: ^?
            C-9: 9 (i.e. plain 9)
            C-0: 0 (i.e. plain 0)

            If "modifyOtherKeys" is set, then these keys would send:
            C-1: ^[[27;5;49~
            C-2: ^[[27;5;50~
            C-3: ^[[27;5;51~
            C-4: ^[[27;5;52~
            C-5: ^[[27;5;53~
            C-6: ^[[27;5;54~
            C-7: ^[[27;5;55~
            C-8: ^[[27;5;56~
            C-9: ^[[27;5;57~
            C-0: ^[[27;5;48~

            Similar keystrokes apply for Ctrl+Alt+number and Ctrl+Shift+number,…

            4 votes
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            • Please have Vim built-in with Windows Console

              So instead of opening a new text editor window, it just opens with Vim inside the CLI.

              8 votes
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              • 18 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Shift+Tab / Backtab escape

                  iTerm (and presumably others) supports a ^[[Z~ escape sequence for Shift+Tab. I've been doing some work on PSReadLine to improve ANSI escape support, and this would be a really helpful addition for the completion commands.

                  4 votes
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                  • Add "Set to default" to color tool

                    Since shortcut settings are opaque, it can be very annoying to keep multiple terminal programs in sync. It would be nice if we could set a console to the settings we have stored in Default with one-click / command.

                    5 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Console

                      I know the windows command prompt is legacy, but it really deserves an upgrade. In all cases I avoid it like the a plague and that is just a shame. Take a look at Hyper by Guillermo Rauch, it is configurable, supports multiple windows and minimalist.. It easily could do more, but suffice to say it works better than ComEMU (which I used for a long time but is too complex) and the standard console.

                      Consoles are for developers, so give them the tools they need. I run multiple consoles in development environments, running servers and logs while the others…

                      6 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We’re a small team (3 devs) and are working full-time on improving the Console (terminal) UX, as well as Windows’ command-line plumbing itself.

                        While we can’t ship UX improvements weekly, we do ship several improvements in each major Win10 release.

                        We don’t have the luxury of building and shipping a terminal written in javascript – we have MUCH tighter performance, memory, disk, etc. footprint limitations to work within in order to satisfy our many customers.

                        If Hyper works for you, use it with our blessing – we love Gillermo’s work. If Maximus5’s ConEmu works for you, please use it – we love Max’s work too!

                        In the meantime, we’ll continue to work on overhauling this > 30 year old code-base and adding essential new features and capabilities.

                      • Create simple configuration files like bash_profile and bashrc, but for CMD

                        Powershell is a pain to use for non .NET developers, and having to play around with configuration via menus is very tedious.

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                          0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Replace the titlebar colour into black. White titlebar is distracting to CLI contents.

                          The current white titlebar (when not using the optional theme color) is really distracting and just looks out-of-place on CLI.

                          I suggest that the console window should be like this: https://imgur.com/a/UQZS9

                          This is Hyper, a 3rd-party terminal app. An example of modern looking CLI that I think Windows deserve to have out-of-the-box. It is clean and way more focused to the CLI itself rather than the GUI chrome.

                          2 votes
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                          • Really need a visual bell for accessibility reasons

                            Implement an option to enable a visual bell and another to disable the audible bell. This would greatly improve accessibility of the console and provide a quieter option for the tab-centric autocompletionist.

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                            • Indication of properties currently being edited

                              Currently when editing the properties of an conhost.exe process, I don't have a good indication of where I'm currently editing.
                              https://i.imgur.com/5j0F7zL.png
                              Something along the lines of "Currently editing regedit" or "Currently editing C:\temp\mypowershell.lnk"

                              As I can read, you are currently overhauling the settings (Indicated here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2017/08/11/introducing-the-windows-console-colortool/#comment-31446) but I just wanted to make sure that you remembered this.

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                              • I would like to see better Cortana integration with the console

                                I believe that Cortana needs better integration into the OS, not just with the command line, but also Powershell and WSL.

                                5 votes
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                                • Increase command line arguments size limit

                                  Current limitation for Console/Terminal (or Windows Kernel?) is about 10.000 symbols for command line, while *unix shell allow about 32.768 (need be verified).
                                  In some rare cases such length size is not enough, and execution of 10.000+ symbols command fails with an error 'The command line is too long'. E.g. that's why MESA builds for Windows using mingw-w64 are made on Linux and failed on Windows (see https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?format=multiple&id=94072 ).
                                  Would be nice to increase this limitation, so won't be needed to use Linux for tasks, which could be performed on Windows.

                                  10 votes
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                                  • 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.

                                    9 votes
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                                    • 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.

                                      10 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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                                        • 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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