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  1. 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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              3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              • Facilitate copying a command to clipboard

                I often experiment with commands on the command line, and then want to copy them to cmd/ps1 scripts. This is usually unefficient, because most commands can wrap on multiple lines:

                C:\long\path\where\i\am\running\the\command> some-command -param1 c:\another\long\path -with-param2

                To copy this command, I have to copy the whole two lines, including the prompt, paste in an editor, remove the the prompt, combine the multiple lines into one line, ensure I did not accidently delete characters other than the line breaks,...

                A simple solution would be to have something that works with command history to send a specific command to the clipboard:

                Right click…

                13 votes
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                  The word wrap functionality in the new console alleviates a lot of this pain. And for the rest, we do have backlog items to navigate, select, and copy discrete commands from the console window. —Rich

                • Console settings storage: Separate settings per window title?

                  From the blog post: "Settings in the console are stored in an interesting manner: The title of the window of the console represents where the settings are stored in the registry"

                  At least if I'm correct in my correlation, this has caused me a fair amount of confusion already, where I'm finding my console has seemingly random options enabled depending on how I open it, what it's hosting, etc. and makes it seem sometimes like the options I've set aren't sticking.

                  I find that the standard command prompt has different settings from the same command prompt launched from a different…

                  2 votes
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                  • Windows Explorer Console Pane

                    Windows Explorer features optional Preview and Details panes, which can be toggled with a ribbon button and appear docked to the right side of the window.

                    I'd like to see a 'Console Pane', which opens a pane docked to the bottom of the window containing a Command Prompt instance which automatically updates the CWD as you move around folders in Explorer.

                    Bonus points for keyboard shortcut.

                    4 votes
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                    • Keep command line history

                      While the use of the command line is a rare thing for the end user, developers and server admins, its an essential routine that we do all the time.

                      I like the new console and like others support many more changes to come and here is one that I didnt see listed: history command, just like on Linux.

                      Say I type history and can see my latest X commands, then type &3 and it will automatically bring up command number 3 letting me edit it or simply hitting enter to run it again as it was. Simply pressing up and…

                      6 votes
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                      • Custom key and mouse mappings

                        Note that another item on our backlog is to provide custom mapping of keyboard and mouse actions. Maybe you want SHIFT-CONTROL-@ to increase the font size, for example. This technical preview build hard codes all editing and action keys. If one of our choices conflicts with another app or assignment you've specific, go to the "Experimental Options tab" and disable the extended editing keys.

                        10 votes
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                          on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Font reset

                          In the CMD prompt I can change font, and the change is remembered. When I do the same in the PowerShell host, the font resets to "raster 7x12" in the next PowerShell Windows I open.

                          7 votes
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                            working on it  ·  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • LS

                            Yes... add this command. Just hate to remember DIR.

                            In downcase of course.

                            5 votes
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                            • Make CMD more customizable.

                              I would like if i can change color of CMD, font of CMD, etc. :) + add UTF-8 encoding

                              4 votes
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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

                                4 votes
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                                • Transparent title, opaque text with shadow

                                  Transparent title, twice opaque background, even more opaque scrollbars and always visible text with shadow.
                                  Something like this: http://s28.postimg.org/b4vczb4b1/cl_o.gif

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Owners of clink, ConEmu, Cygwin Bash

                                    Anyone know where to contact the owners of these consoles / shells? Trying to reach out to assess compatibility. Meanwhile, I'll keep searching. Thanks --Rich

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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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                                        • Shift click filename autopaste

                                          Something that has always made me go "Hmm, why didn't they make that a feature" in other console and including the CMD in windows. When clicking a file name or holding ctrl, alt or shift and clicking the file name I'd love it if it filled the name in at the cursor immediately. That way I can work quickly with large weirdly named file names without having to copy/paste the file name itself.

                                          It's just a small quality of life improvement I'd like to see.

                                          5 votes
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