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  1. 16 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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      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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            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  9 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      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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                        0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • `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 →
                        • 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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                            2 comments  ·  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 →
                            • bash copy paste

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

                              1,028 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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                                  • 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.…

                                    18 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.

                                    • 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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                                      • 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.

                                          20 votes
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