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  1. CMD.exe - Timeout errorlevel

    Currently, timout returns no errorlevel. It would be useful if timeout was to return the ASCII keycode for the interrupting key if it's interrupted by a keystroke.

    2 votes
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    • cmd.exe substringing and substitution

      Currently, set var=%avar:sub=replace% uses fixed characters for "beginning of substring (:)" "all characteruntil (*)" "with (=)" which are sometimes inconvenient.

      A command STRING :=+ might switch "+" to replace ":" for instance (syntax standardchar=replacementchar) STRING OFF might restore to standard.

      The syntax set var=%avar:*sub% Might be used to extract that leading part of avar up to the substring sub (note: no "with replacement" is specified)

      2 votes
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      • CMD.exe forcing decimals

        set /a assumes that a string with a leading 0 is Octal which is very inconvenient, but must be retained for backward compatibiliy.

        If set /a encounters a string that starts `0d` then it should regard the remainder of the string as a decimal, hence currently '09` as in month-number 09 requires work-around action, but changing the set to set /a var=0d%date:~0,2% would then correctly assign 9 to var. The leading character allowed (and skipped) should be zeroes or spaces for maximum flexibility.

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        • Quick launch shortcut

          It would be great option to let shell be Quake-style - to have it launched on start and quickly toggled by hotkey. Idea is inspired by Terra Terminal and Guake for *nix

          2 votes
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          • SORT.exe opions

            Allow case-sensitive sorting.

            Borrow the "tokens=...delims=...each=..." from for/f to permit sorting on token numbers in addition to straight column-numbers. Permit the column-sequence in output to be different from input so

            sort "tokens=1,2,3 each=," +3.1.2 /out 2,3,1 might sort 3 comma-separated columns in the order 3 then 1 then 2 and output the result as column2 then 3 then 1.

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            • cmd.exe enabledelayedexpansion

              enabledelayedexpansion/disabledelayedexpansion should be permitted as a swich, a la echo on/echo off rather than just as an option for setlocal which necessitates extraordinary actions to retrieve altered values within the setlocal/endlocal block.

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              • Allow Windows 8.x Modern apps to be installed remotely on the PC from a Windows Phone device.

                Allow Windows 8.x apps to be installed remotely on the PC when using a Windows Phone, same as you can do on a Windows Phone from your PC.

                4 votes
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                • Make the border thiner

                  make the border thinner, allow for bash like customization, ssh support.

                  2 votes
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                  • Mouse support is BROKEN!

                    FIX THIS! The new command prompt DOES NOT HONOR MOUSE CLICKS. Run the EDIT program that comes with Windows 10 32 bit and then try to pull the menus down with a mouse. It doesn't work!!! There are still apps that run in a Console Mode Window that need mouse support. This needs to be fixed or I'll be recommending to my 800+ customer base to skip Windows 10!

                    3 votes
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                    • 2 votes
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                      • Mouse Scroll Wheel or CTRL +/- to zoom text size

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

                        329 votes
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                          15 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Scrollbar should actually reflect content

                          I'm not sure this counts as a bug because it's always been like this but it certainly looks like one.

                          When cmd or powershell are started up, there is a scrollbar on the side despite there not being anything to scroll to. There's no reason for this to be here and is frustrating when trying to scroll down because it's possible to overshoot. It's also just unsightly and makes the application feel rough around the edges.

                          21 votes
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                          • 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.

                            17 votes
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                            • window snapping

                              Not sure if intended. When I open powershell or cmd as administrator, I use the ability to use hotkeys like <window + up> to snap window.

                              1 vote
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                              • Error when changing properties of Powershell window

                                When I make changes to the settings of my default Powershell window, I get the error:

                                Unable to modify the shortcut:
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                                Check to make sure it has not been deleted or renamed

                                2 votes
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                                • 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

                                  174 votes
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                                  • 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)

                                    26 votes
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                                    • Support tiled panes in Windows Console

                                      Let me start by saying that I love the idea of having tabs on the console. But for me, I like to have as much content on one screen as possible. So usually what I like to do is have on monitor with one window on full screen and have multiple consoles within the same window. That way I don't have to switch between tabs...

                                      Here is a example of what I mean: http://imgur.com/7mrfMn9

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                                      Rich: While we added tmux & virtual terminal support in Bash in Win10AU, we need better pane tiling, tabbing, layout, etc. in Windows too.

                                      140 votes
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                                      • Add the new command prompt as an optional update to older windows version

                                        This fancy new command prompt is great but I can't use it till we upgrade versions of windows. Having it as an optional upgrade for previous versions of windows would be totally awesome.

                                        2 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.

                                          121 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

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