There are many cases where it's useful to programmatically check whether linux is "regular" linux or WSL linus. E.g., in Python calling `sys.platform` just returns `linux`, not `linux-wsl` or something like this. It'd be helpful if there were a command line argument that could reliably confirm that the platform is WSL.5 votes
Currently (AnnUpd) clicking selects one character and double clicking selects whole word. Another step would be to triple click to select whole line.5 votes
Hide the scrollbar until mouse approaches it. Make the "hit zone" for showing the scrollbar bigger than the scrollbar itself so it's not too hard to show. This feature would be especially nice in full screen mode.135 votes
Great to see some of these improvements, especially the cut/copy/paste keyboard shortcuts. However, I've been seeking for a way for the cmd window to have a tabbed interface for a while. So, for example, I can run a ping/tracert etc. in one tab, a chkdsk in another tab, and something else in a third, without having multiple windows open taking up screen real estate.
Also consider adding panes side-by-side within the console.1,620 voteson the backlog · AdminRich Turner (Sr. Program Manager, Windows Console & WSL, Windows Developer) responded
Back on the backlog since the Sets/Tabs feature previewed during RS5 development was withdrawn by the shell team (see note at the top of this post: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2018/04/13/tabbed-console-starts-here/).
Tabs support remains a high priority for the team, but please be patient while we figure out how/when/what to build ;)
Parse console output for urls and make it possible to open them with a click (or ctrl+click).328 votes
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.
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
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. :)
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
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.59 votes
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.8 votesfine feedback. :) · AdminRich Turner (Sr. Program Manager, Windows Console & WSL, Windows Developer) responded
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.
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
Command prompts opened as administrator are indistinguishable in the task bar because of the long prefix "Administrator: " added to its title.
The `title` command changes only the part of the title that goes after this prefix. Please do something about it: shorten it to "Admin:", or even just "A", or a bomb emoji, or change the icon in the task bar and remove the prefix altogether, or add a setting for the user to choose, etc.
People go as far as modifying cmd.exe in a hex editor to get rid of this prefix:
It would be great if you published a netstandard (Windows-only, but useable in Framework or Core) nuget package with a robust managed wrapper using code similar to whats in your MiniTerm example. As part of your existing open source repo, we could all help on developing it so people need only reference an official nuget package and easily make their own ConPTY clients.1 vote
Similar to how we were given the option to use ctrl+shift+c/v to cut and paste, it would be great if we could double-click text inside a terminal and not have it select a trailing white space character. Similar to how a Linux terminal works.3 votes
More and more fonts are OTF rather than TTF (e.g. nerdfonts.com)7 votes
I want a way to switch the locale for each console. Like LANG=C. This will be easy to get more feedback and Issue from non-English speaking countries. I think.1 vote
"CSI ? 7 l" or "CSI ? 7 h" (disables or enables auto-wrapping) is available since VT100 but it is still not supported by the Windows Console.
We are currently developing an internal log viewer tool, and it would be a lot easier if we wouldn't have to find a workaround which can be used instead of that escape sequence.1 vote
There are a few languages that can be written right-to-left (RTL), sometimes intermixing with the left-to-right pieces, like numbers or English words. It is crucial for Middle East countries to support this everywhere. Some Linux console programs, like Konsole or Mlterm already support it, but there is ongoing work everywhere else. It would be awesome if Microsoft will lead the way and help with adoption.
See  and  for more information.2 votes
Don't just have plain Linux, but support the running of other OS such as FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenIndiana, not on WSL but another subsystem.2 votes
Created to raise support for Console issue #218 that itself is an extension of issue #57
From the issue OP: "Under a certain console/PTY, assume the font family/size is specified, give a string, and return the space (a bit mask of the character matrix?) it would occupy."
Closest implementation is wcwidth and wcswidth as mentioned in Issue on Linux. This API is required for anything involving zero width joiners, as are any scripts involving more complicated rules, or RTL scripts.1 vote
Some apps (*cough* vim) support mouse but don't disable quick edit mode, so it is unusable unless I disable it for the whole console. Can we add a menu item to toggle quick edit mode for the current console?1 vote
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