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  1. 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 :)]

    92 votes
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      on the backlog  ·  4 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow address bar in browser to hide

      I think it would be very amazing and a welcomed feature if the address bar in the browser would hide automatically if it was not being used say after 5 secs. If the User needs it they can swipe up from the bottom to reveal it.

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      • Create a decent output paging utility because more.com just doesn't cut it

        more.com is probably the lamest output pager in existing (well other than type). :-) Please create a decent output pager that supports paging up/down and moving up/down a line at a time. Even some basic find support would be nice. I've used less394 and like it. It might be a bit too powerful but something along those lines would be a massive improvement over more.com.

        15 votes
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        • Console Graphics ScreenBuffers

          First of all, thank you very much for your console improvements!

          Now I will discuss about an unknown existing functionality, console graphics screenbuffers.

          Long time ago, when Windows NT was available on MIPS / Alpha... processors, NTVDM ran DOS text- and graphics-mode programs on windowed mode only (and not in fullscreen mode). More recently, until Windows 2003, on x86 platforms, if you pressed Alt-Enter while a DOS graphics program was running (fullscreen), the console reduced into windowed mode, with the title "<the_dos_program> - FROZEN". The dos program was paused but the graphical output was there, drawn on the windowed console…

          20 votes
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          • uptime command

            have a command "uptime" like in bash that tells you how long your computer has been on. It's one of the most used commands on Linux.

            4 votes
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            • 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.

              39 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

              • Missing things in windows phone

                1. File transferred via Bluetooth should go to Bluetooth folder, not in app storage place
                2. It should not delete unidentified files.
                3. Give options to hide or unhide folders.
                4. Increase number of buttons in notification area.
                5. Provide in-built root explorer to see system files too.
                6. I can attach just images in email, add support for attaching all kind of file formats.
                7. Temporary files should be deleted of its own.

                2 votes
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                • 34 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    We have this item tracking our backlog now. It goes beyond just the custom window icon item we’ve been tracking. Thank you for the suggestion —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 →
                    • Consider supporting zoom

                      As I get older, my eyes are struggling to focus on tiny text.

                      It'd be awesome if the new Win10 console could support zooming in and out via keyboard shortcuts like [CTRL] [+] and [CTRL] [-] and via [CTRL] [mousewheel] and via touch-pinch.

                      38 votes
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                      • Send started programs to the "background".

                        Some programs when launched from CMD will "block" CMD until they exit. Allow to run programs so that I can keep on using the CMD window. Similar to bash "<program> &" or hitting CTRL+Z to allow input.

                        31 votes
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                        • 35 votes
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                            on the backlog  ·  5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support printing

                            It would be great to be able to print the contents of a console window as displayed and also flowed to best fit the printer's current paper selection.

                            [Transposed from my original asks posted in 2011 :) http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/6ea38884-8483-4956-b867-859eb666a797/please-consider-some-improvements-to-the-command-line-ui?forum=windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral]

                            26 votes
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                              on the backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Infinite scroll and template shell

                              A nice Idea will be, at least as developer, to have an infinite scroll that could help a lot when you are reading a log from an application.

                              The templating could be something like Oh My Zsh\Fish, to help other developers to create add-ons that could help on our tasks.

                              - Show the status of a repository
                              - show the branch
                              ...

                              25 votes
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                                Can anyone provide commentary going into a bit more detail on the templating request? We’ve discuss and “aren’t certain we are sure!”

                              • "Find" dialog improvements

                                Should not be modal. I should be able to scroll via command prompt scroll bars while find dialog is open.

                                Highlight found text.

                                Wrap around option

                                Search command history option

                                18 votes
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                                  We’ve spent a lot of time hearing and thinking about these improvements; there is a lot to improve as you’ve noticed. We have these items on our backlog, and thanks for validating. —Rich

                                • Back ticks in scripts

                                  Backticks like in bash, would make batch scripting a pleasure. Please add support for this.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Overtyping and Ctrl+X should delete selected text in the prompt

                                    Right now if I select text that I've just typed and not executed, and press Ctrl+X, it acts like Ctrl-C and copies. It really should remove the text...

                                    Same thing if I select text and type, obviously.

                                    16 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      yes, indeed. this is an obvious one that we didn’t overlook, simply ran out of time before the Tech Preview. We expect to get this working soon. Understand that expectations can change due to internal “resource allocations,” but even so I’m giving it very good odds. :)

                                    • Provide option to run command prompt remotely to another systems

                                      Please provide an option to connect to another system (only if you have access :):d) and run commands remotely. In future this option can be extended say I can submit commands from my iPhone/windows/android mobile and no need to connect remote desktop for it.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • ReadConsoleInputA no longer works correctly with DBCS in Windows 10

                                        May I report a bug here? For reference, the following URL was the original post, but now I reproduced the issue on Windows 10 now.

                                        http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsdesktop/en-US/3792a810-783a-4e36-ba82-e5c344bea8fb/readconsoleinputa-no-longer-works-correctly-with-dbcs-in-windows-81?forum=windowsgeneraldevelopmentissues

                                        Previously ReadConsoleInputA (the ANSI version of ReadConsoleInput) reads DBCS input correctly as two keyboard events if a double-byte character is encountered.

                                        For example, in Windows 7 and earlier, and with default code page for non-Unicode applications being 936, pasting the characters (menu Edit -> Paste) "桌面" would result in four events, sending in order D7 C0 C3 E6.

                                        In Windows 10, there are still four events, but they are: D7 D7 C3 C3.

                                        Similarly,…

                                        5 votes
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                                        • 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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