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  1. 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)

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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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                    • 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.

                      22 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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                                • 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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                                  • 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.

                                    1 vote
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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…

                                        21 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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