When I pipe console.log("hello it’s time"); or simply type it, it gets mangled. This also happens in PowerShell (I presume because it uses the DOS commands1 vote
More and more fonts are OTF rather than TTF (e.g. nerdfonts.com)8 votes
There are many cases where it's useful to programmatically check whether linux is "regular" linux or WSL linus. E.g., in Python calling `sys.platform` just returns `linux`, not `linux-wsl` or something like this. It'd be helpful if there were a command line argument that could reliably confirm that the platform is WSL.5 votes
I would like native libsixel support as the only current way to run it is as per this comment https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1099#issuecomment-248513013. If possible, this support would be for for all terminals. This would prove extremely useful in performing quick research without having to leave the terminal.16 votes
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.3 votes
Currently (AnnUpd) clicking selects one character and double clicking selects whole word. Another step would be to triple click to select whole line.5 votes
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.135 votes
Great to see some of these improvements, especially the cut/copy/paste keyboard shortcuts. However, I've been seeking for a way for the cmd window to have a tabbed interface for a while. So, for example, I can run a ping/tracert etc. in one tab, a chkdsk in another tab, and something else in a third, without having multiple windows open taking up screen real estate.
Also consider adding panes side-by-side within the console.1,623 voteson the backlog · AdminRich Turner (Sr. Program Manager, Windows Console & WSL, Windows Developer) responded
Back on the backlog since the Sets/Tabs feature previewed during RS5 development was withdrawn by the shell team (see note at the top of this post: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2018/04/13/tabbed-console-starts-here/).
Tabs support remains a high priority for the team, but please be patient while we figure out how/when/what to build ;)
I really really want utf-8, I do not use any legacy console apps from 80-s, so please please please make it happens :)766 votes
As Chip said, UTF-16 is rather baked into the stuff we do. The console host does use UTF-16 somewhere in there. :P We just have the matter of dealing with code pages throughout the history of computing existence that causes us heartburn every time we think about how to fix this. :( It’s definitely something that we would like to look into on our backlog.
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.34 votes
Parse console output for urls and make it possible to open them with a click (or ctrl+click).328 votes
Yep, this would be really cool. Not just for URLs, but things like paths too. Script emits a path to an error log? Just ctrl+click it to open!
I can see some trickery around the parsing (performance impacts? security? and of course the parsing itself…) and the launching of another app (security again?). But it would be awesome.
It’s on our backlog for sure.
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.197 votes
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. :)
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 :)]94 votes
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.60 votes
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.9 votesfine feedback. :) · AdminRich Turner (Sr. Program Manager, Windows Console & WSL, Windows Developer) responded
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.
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…21 votes
Command prompts opened as administrator are indistinguishable in the task bar because of the long prefix "Administrator: " added to its title.
The `title` command changes only the part of the title that goes after this prefix. Please do something about it: shorten it to "Admin:", or even just "A", or a bomb emoji, or change the icon in the task bar and remove the prefix altogether, or add a setting for the user to choose, etc.
People go as far as modifying cmd.exe in a hex editor to get rid of this prefix:
It would be great if you published a netstandard (Windows-only, but useable in Framework or Core) nuget package with a robust managed wrapper using code similar to whats in your MiniTerm example. As part of your existing open source repo, we could all help on developing it so people need only reference an official nuget package and easily make their own ConPTY clients.1 vote
Similar to how we were given the option to use ctrl+shift+c/v to cut and paste, it would be great if we could double-click text inside a terminal and not have it select a trailing white space character. Similar to how a Linux terminal works.3 votes
I want a way to switch the locale for each console. Like LANG=C. This will be easy to get more feedback and Issue from non-English speaking countries. I think.1 vote
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