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  1. Add transparency with blur effect to title bars also

    Take the transparency with blur effect that is used in the start menu and widgets and also add it to the title bars. It's still to plain just looking at a solid color! Here's a concept http://i.imgur.com/woPU8I0.png

    6 votes
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    • Enable Console to use Fallback Fonts to display emoji and more Unicode codepoints

      It'd be nice if Console could support font fallback to enable it to display emoji, east-Asian glyphs, and Unicode symbols.

      Consolas doesn't have very broad Unicode coverage, and most *nix terminals have the capability.

      48 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • UTF-8

        I really really want utf-8, I do not use any legacy console apps from 80-s, so please please please make it happens :)

        767 votes
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          21 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          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.

          —Michael

        • File system loop in freshly installed bash

          On a freshly installed bash on a freshly installed Windows 10:

          find / -name python produces

          find: File system loop detected; `/cache' is part of the same file system loop as `/'.

          find: File system loop detected; `/data' is part of the same file system loop as `/'.

          find: File system loop detected; `/dev/input' is part of the same file system loop as `/dev'.

          find: File system loop detected; `/dev/block' is part of the same file system loop as `/dev'.

          find: File system loop detected; `/dev/pts' is part of the same file system loop as `/dev'.

          find: File system loop…

          3 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.

            330 votes
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              15 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make links clickable

              Parse console output for urls and make it possible to open them with a click (or ctrl+click).

              330 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                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.

                —Michael

              • Windows needs built-in version of *NIX tools like grep/sed/awk etc.

                Lot of them are BSD licensed too, so MS can include as is. Also, inputrc support! I will never look at Linux again I swear

                266 votes
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                  21 comments  ·  Windows Command-Line  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add "sudo" tool/command in cmd/PowerShell

                  On *nix you can run a command from a non-root shell, which is the equivalent of a non-administrator Command Prompt, with administrative privileges, similar to what UAC does when it asks a user if they would like to give an application administrative privileges. To disable a network adapter, for example, you can run "sudo ifconfig eth0 down". The prefixed "sudo" command will run "ifconfig eth0 down" with what is essentially administrator privileges in Windows. Currently you have to do some long-winded (long-typed?) "runas", which requires that a username and password are provided. I don't necessarily need Command Prompt to always…

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                    7 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Global hotkey to activate/deactivate running console window.

                    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
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                      15 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      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. :)

                      —Michael

                    • 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.

                      141 votes
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                        11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        122 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

                        • 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 :)]

                          94 votes
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                            on the backlog  ·  5 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support long paths (>MAX_PATH)

                            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.

                            61 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Running CMD in system tray

                              I would like an option to run the CMD (batches) in the system tray instead of minimized on the Taskbar. It can be started minimized by using 'start /min' command in a batch file, but it cannot be located in the system tray.

                              11 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Cmd (classic shell)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • New CMD UI Idea

                                I use CMD to run Apps like Blender from Blender foundation were the is a lot of text being posted onto CMD from the application it would be amazing if you could set CMD to always appear on top of other windows, just like Task Manager that way you could being working in the application and see any text in Cmd

                                8 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Why do you continue to restrict us?

                                  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 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    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.

                                  • 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…

                                    21 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Blog update

                                      Another blog post for an update would be great! It'd be awesome to know what you're working on now, what's been happening and what the team's vision for the future. Otherwise, as far as I can tell not much has happened since the first round of updates.

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Acting on Windows 10 Network Adapters

                                        I don't seem to be able to modify Windows network settings from inside the Ubuntu WSL shell.
                                        Doing "ifconfig wlan0 off" doesn't turn the wifi off, neither other commands or softwares I tried.
                                        Is there any way to turn off network adapters from inside the shell?

                                        4 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add support for FAT "Function not implemented"

                                          Add support for FAT drives mounted in windows to be accessible under WSL.

                                          Currently, you receive "Function not implemented"

                                          This would allow Google Drive to be accessible under WSL.

                                          8 votes
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