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  1. 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.

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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

    • 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.

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      • 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

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        • new edlin.exe and debug.exe

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

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