Command Prompt / Console / Windows Subsystem for Linux

Shrouded in the mists of time, the Windows Console was created. For millenia, geeks and developers wrought their command-line tools but after a while, a great lacking was noticed. And so, legions of ever intrepid command-line mavens migrated to other shells and consoles, ’til but a stalwart few remained.

In Windows 10, with a deep rumbling, the ancient, weary, Windows Console heaved a great sigh and began to tremble. New features appeared, but slow was the (aparrent) progress.

But then, in early 2016, from under a rock evolved a group of new console dev’s. And then a PM. The journey to modernity had begun … again! WE’RE BACK! AGAIN!

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

@RichTurn_ms, Paul, Mike1 & Mike2.

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

      116 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Editing area of cmd should be consistent with standard Windows UI design principles

        Right now there is Quick Edit mode, which controls 2 things.

        1) Whether or not right clicking immediately pastes (Quick Edit=On) or displays a context menu (Quick Edit=Off)
        2) Whether or not click drag can select text (Quick Edit=On) or does nothing (Quick Edit=Off)

        However, any normal text editor or program which uses a standard windows edit control behaves like Quick Edit=Off for right clicking and Quick Edit=On for selection. So the behavior of cmd is both inconsistent with Windows' own UI design principles as well as very inconvenient.

        If you want to select text like people always select text…

        37 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          26 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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. …

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Very Nice Looking Command Prompt

              Win10techPview - cmd.exe (console) word wrap not available and not working. when changing buffer / width / height params they do not remain set once you exit properties and then open properties again.
              Ugly fonts still - could do with a nice revamp there????

              19 votes
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              • wont work

                I type in a command and it tells me that cant do that!

                1 vote
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                  1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Change code page in the command window settings

                  Can you please add a GUI control in CMD window settings to change the code page, instead of CHCP command & remembering the boring numbers?

                  Especially, allow us to enable UTF-8 encoding easily (it already works, great, thanks!)

                  11 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  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
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                      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • New CMD UI Idea

                      I use CMD to run Apps like Blender from Blender foundation were the is a lot of text being posted onto CMD from the application it would be amazing if you could set CMD to always appear on top of other windows, just like Task Manager that way you could being working in the application and see any text in Cmd

                      6 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Context menu keyboard shortcut "hints"

                        The User Interface can be improved; restore old keyboard shortcut "hints."

                        In particular the context menu <right click on the title bar> does not show keyboard "hints." There is no _Underscore_. No _E_ > no _M_, _C_, _S_...

                        My oldest working version is Vista. The "hints" are missing.

                        3 votes
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                        • Right-click on any Explorer folder and open a cmd prompt there (and vice versa)

                          Right click on any Explorer folder and open a cmd prompt with that folder as the current directory.
                          The thing is the most tedious thing about command prompt is directory navigation. And if I already have an Explorer window why make me work so hard to get there in the command prompt?

                          19 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Pointer focus: it's is a key part of why command prompt is easier on Linux

                            Pointer focus means that instead of having to click on a window to give it focus, a window has focus when you hover over any visible part of it with the mouse, without disturbing it's place in the Zorder and therefore you can issue commands at a semi-background command prompt window without the disturbance of bringing it up in front of whatever other window(s) you are working with.

                            3 votes
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                            • Why do you continue to restrict us?

                              First, I love the new experimental features! Only complaint, not enough of them. Lots and lots of developers use Linux simply because of the customization offered by those OSs, so give us more!

                              Tabs, more fonts, colors, backgrounds. Maybe Im understating how difficult it would be to enable this stuff, but **** turn it into an option. A lot of Windows users will never know its there, so make these types of options available as a non-default setting. You could even hide it :) We will find it I promise.

                              5 votes
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                              • Findstr option needed

                                Findstr needs an option to return the count-of-matches, like "FIND /C"

                                Since "C" is already occupied for FINDSTR, how about "/T" (for Total) - and implement the same "/T" as a synonym for "/C" in FIND?

                                4 votes
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                                • Please add an easy way to Tail a file

                                  Please add an easy way to tail a file, currently the command in power shell is too complicate to figure out and it has a lot of latency to show file changes. Implement it as same as in Linux ;)
                                  tail -f myfile.txt

                                  14 votes
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                                  • Ecko

                                    Introduce a modified `echo` command (adding a switch to the existing may be awkward for backward-compatibility, so not an option...) but this `ecko` command does NOT issue a newline, allowing a report line to be built in segments rather than being accumulated into a variable and then displayed.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Spinner

                                      Permit a SPINNER [optionalstring] command

                                      General structure:

                                      spinner somestring
                                      for ...(
                                      spinner
                                      )
                                      spinner /end

                                      where the first (optional) invocation sets a series of characters to be used as the spinner,

                                      The second invocation, within (typically) a FOR loop advances the spinner to the next character in the string The spinner character replaces the cursor.

                                      The third restores the initial cursor and resets the spinner string to the default "|/-\"

                                      hence

                                      for /l %%x in (1,1,8) do (
                                      spinner
                                      timeout /t 1 >nul
                                      )
                                      spinner /end

                                      would replace the cursor with a spinner which changes once per second

                                      spinner Microsoft …

                                      1 vote
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                                      • SET /p additional options

                                        Allow

                                        set /r[character]

                                        to replace input-characters with character (default "*") on the display for obscuring password-input, games, etc.

                                        set /n

                                        -similar, but does not show input at all so lenth-of-password is not visible.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Support long paths (>MAX_PATH)

                                          Please support long paths (>MAX_PATH) - robocopy supports that, the Windows API supports that (=> "\\.\").
                                          Right now I have to use subst to shorten the path, which is a real pain.

                                          53 votes
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