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  1. 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 →
      • 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.…

        19 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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            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              3 votes
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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

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

                        11 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.

                          132 votes
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                            10 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.

                            32 votes
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                              2 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…

                              39 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  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!)

                                13 votes
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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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.

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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.

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

                                          We hear ya. Alas, we’re a very small team (3 dev’s) and have a loooooong list of (several hundred) issues & asks that we’re prioritizing and working through, many of which involve modernizing a fragile, >30 yr. old code-base, which must be done with great care.

                                          If you want more colors, emit 24-bit RGB color sequences. We have improved font support, backgrounds, transparency, zooming, fluent UX, better tabs, animations, regions, and several tens of future features. on our backlog.

                                          Bear with us while we continue to crank through our feature list.

                                        • 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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