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. Mouse Scroll Wheel or CTRL +/- to zoom text size

    Another needed step to make the Cmd feel more responsive and dynamic.

    294 votes
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      on the backlog  ·  10 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Visually indicate when a console is expecting keyboard input

      When executing a long running task, you often switch away from the console window to do something else. Sometimes these tasks prompt you (e.g. to confirm to overwrite a file).

      It would be nice if the taskbar button (for example) could change colors indicating that the program in the console window needs keyboard input similar to how Windows highlights the taskbar button when requiring privilege escalation.

      15 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Global hotkey to activate/deactivate running console window.

        It would be great if there could be a global hotkey to activate and deactivate the console window.

        This is also called a "quake style" command line, similar to the console in Quake games.

        For example, if I have the console running in the background, but my current focus is Visual Studio and I hit Ctrl+`, it should activate the console window by making it the current focus. Hitting Ctrl + ` again would make Visual Studio the focus.

        iTerm2 on the Mac has this and it's my favorite feature.

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

          You will be Rich’s best friend forever. He loves the idea of a Quake console as well and talks about it all the time. :P I know for sure this is in our backlog already.

          Some of the suggestions like persistence and multiple sessions and whatnot seem related to the “history between sessions” and tabs/multiplexing ideas. Same technical challenges apply, but sounds possible at some point. :)

          —Michael

        • Transparency enhancement

          Transparency is a nice visual enhancement, should generally only apply to the window contents and not the surrounding "chrome" of the window, such as the title bar and scroll bar.

          Optionally, the Console "frame" could be made transparent when focused/un-focused, controlled via separate transparency slider

          162 votes
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            on the backlog  ·  13 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • More integration with Windows features.

            Add commands to interact with standard Windows features. Metro Notifications, systray messages, Message boxes, and maybe even window actions. (close/minimize other windows)

            25 votes
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            • Backspace should delete selected text

              Now that you can easily select text [with ctrl+a or just by dragging over it] and copy and paste text [with ctrl+c & ctrl+d], why not make that we should not be required to delete every character separately?! Please make the backspace and delete key work to delete all selected text.

              117 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Oooh yep. That is a natural extension of what we’ve done. It’s just a lot trickier to manipulate the input line (there are different input modes that apps can subscribe to and whatnot) than it is to enable more ways to select the output. But I hear you for sure. Now that we select more like a text editor, I want it all! It’s on the backlog. :)

                —Michael

              • Consider adding a status-bar

                2.Please add an (optional) status-bar showing the cursor position in X:Y coordinates, Insert key mode, Text selection mode, etc.

                [Transposed from my original asks posted in 2011 :)]

                88 votes
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                  on the backlog  ·  4 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please add a hotkey to clear the console (similar to ctrl-k on OS X)

                  I frequently use the OS X terminal when teaching Python *even for Windows developers*. Much of what you are doing with the command prompt is going to fix this. But the ability to hit a single hotkey and clear the console is very helpful. Please give us this feature.

                  38 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    You got it, it’s on our backlog, including the ability to clear the console while an app or script is executing. We’ll have to think carefully about the latter, especially. —Rich

                  • Please improve the environment variables UI or add startup scripts

                    Not directly cmd.exe but closely related: Working in CMD often requires to manually set PATH variables (since there still is no default location for user installed binaries like perl, python, MinGW etc.) and as of now the UI is completly unusable:

                    * Working with one single big string
                    * No validation of paths
                    * No easy enable/disable or (manual) sorting of paths
                    * No resizing of the window/input text field

                    Alternatively, you could add a startup script like the good old "bashrc" on linux where you could use a couple of SET commands to configure your CMD by hand…

                    18 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Console / cmd.exe add additional fonts

                      Add additional fonts and font sizes to the windows / cmd.exe console in windows 8+.
                      The current font selection needs to be expanded especially at smaller font sizes.
                      Nice to have: A setting in console window system menu to add 'open console here' right click menu command to windows explorer (without hitting alt/shift right click like in windows 8.

                      4 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Preserve the formatting of the command window

                        Pasting the contents of the clipboard loses all formatting - msbuild (and other programs probably) format (colourize) their output which makes them far more readable but only while it's in the command window.

                        Preserving the formatting when copying would provide the same benefits in the event the command output is copied and pasted to a file

                        4 votes
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                        • new edlin.exe and debug.exe

                          A new version of old edlin and debug will be fine..thanks

                          2 votes
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