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  1. Awesome!

    I think the new "bar-less" console window paired with the right set of colours makes dull console-programs look awesome. Here is an example of a programs I have made (at https://github.com/gvanem/wsock-trace).
    Running on Win 8.1:
    http://www.watt-32.net/misc/screenshot_ahost-msdn-com.png
    The same running on Win-10:
    http://www.watt-32.net/misc/screenshot_ahost-msdn-com-win10.png

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    • Change code page in the command window settings

      Can you please add a GUI control in CMD window settings to change the code page, instead of CHCP command & remembering the boring numbers?

      Especially, allow us to enable UTF-8 encoding easily (it already works, great, thanks!)

      13 votes
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      • Allow separate transparency settings for active vs. inactive windows

        For greater usability, it's nice for the active window to be nearly opaque; it's just easier on the eyes. But for other inactive windows, allowing some transparency so they can bleed through is very attractive. Couple this with an option to keep console windows on top (+transparent when inactive) and you get a really swell opportunity for console activities to be readily available without hogging screen space.

        9 votes
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        • CMD options gone after chaning to microsoft account not local account

          I could change settings in cmd, but when i logged onto my Microsoft account, I wanst able to change, opacity settings and other settings.

          2 votes
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          • conhost.exe issues with C# System.Diagnostics.Process executing batch script

            ConhostV2.dll exception 0xc0000005 trying to execute batch script in a new C# (System.Diagnostics.Process) with UseShellExecute=false and CreateNoWindow=true.
            Setting CreateNoWindow=false makes it work OK.

            The error:
            Faulting application name: conhost.exe, version: 10.0.10074.0, time stamp: 0x553ad051
            Faulting module name: ConhostV2.dll, version: 10.0.10074.0, time stamp: 0x553ad08b
            Exception code: 0xc0000005
            Fault offset: 0x000000000000d3c0
            Faulting process ID: 0x1b40
            Faulting application start time: 0x01d0a1f9a3416eed
            Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\conhost.exe
            Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ConhostV2.dll
            Report ID: d3b5c780-febb-48cf-b5da-7dd9dc3bd22b
            Faulting package full name:
            Faulting package-relative application ID:

            To reproduce:
            using System;
            using System.Diagnostics;

            namespace ConsoleApplication3
            {
            class Program
            {
            static void Main(string[] args)
            {
            ProcessStartInfo si = new ProcessStartInfo();
            si.FileName…

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            • Mark mode should be enabled via use keyboard modifiers in addition to Ctrl+M

              This is similar to another UserVoice feature idea that was already accepted and implemented: Switch between block and line text selection with a modifier[1].

              Other console emulator programs allow users to select text by using modifiers keys on the keyboard, which is great for mouse users who don't like the disadvantages of QuickEdit. In ConEmu, text selection is enabled by pressing and holding either the 'Shift' or 'Alt' modifier key and using the mouse to select the text. Different modifier keys enable different text selection modes. 'Shift' enables line wrapping selection; 'Alt' enables block selection. Since this just another way…

              5 votes
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              • Context menu keyboard shortcut "hints"

                The User Interface can be improved; restore old keyboard shortcut "hints."

                In particular the context menu <right click on the title bar> does not show keyboard "hints." There is no _Underscore_. No _E_ > no _M_, _C_, _S_...

                My oldest working version is Vista. The "hints" are missing.

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                • 4 votes
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                  • Parameter to launch cmd.exe in legacy mode

                    I have console applications that require legacy mode, but I want to use the new mode everywhere else...but it'd be really nice to not have to go to the console properties, check a box, and restart. Is there a way to launch my console applications with a parameter or *something* that would force that instance into legacy mode but leave other console sessions in the new mode? Please?

                    5 votes
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                    • Copy from console to clipboard in Rich Text format (or HTML)

                      I frequently take screenshots of cmd.exe and email them.
                      Would it be possible to copy the selection in RTF or HTML formats?

                      Thanks!

                      4 votes
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                      • Modern version of Powershell that works on Windows 10 client, server, and phone

                        Rewrite powershell in WinRT api, make it a universal app that can run on all Windows 10 powered platforms.

                        3 votes
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                        • Widen the F7 history screen

                          I use the F7 history window frequently.
                          The F7 window clips everything to a width of about 40 characters - could you widen it please?
                          (I typically execute commands with very very long arguments, and can't see my arguments)

                          Thanks!

                          2 votes
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                          • auto-complete is broken for wide-characters

                            If a directory contains item(s) with wide character(s), for example: Chinese, cmd.exe will sometimes erase & write names in a "corrupt" way when triggering auto-complete.

                            This have been long-existing since I learned the auto-complete function.

                            Check the following screenshot for reference:
                            http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s155/FantasyLich/broken.png

                            1 vote
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                            • Pointer focus: it's is a key part of why command prompt is easier on Linux

                              Pointer focus means that instead of having to click on a window to give it focus, a window has focus when you hover over any visible part of it with the mouse, without disturbing it's place in the Zorder and therefore you can issue commands at a semi-background command prompt window without the disturbance of bringing it up in front of whatever other window(s) you are working with.

                              3 votes
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                              • add an optional clickable history view to the right

                                With F7 you can see the history in cmd windows...

                                Add a menu command or key (ctrl-h?) that toggles display of a history panel to the right (or customize) with your history and you can click it to update the current command to it, double click to execute it.

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                                • CMD.exe - 64-bit maths

                                  The calculations limitation to +/-2**31 can cause problems, so extension to 64-bit would be appreciated. There should be a switch

                                  MATH64 ON/OFF

                                  with default OFF to retain compatibility with the current 32-bit system. This would enable batchers to deal cleanly with modern drive/filesizes.

                                  10 votes
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                                  • CMD.exe - file not found, etc.

                                    Wherever a file problem is encountered, the message generated should specify the full name of the file, not simply the word "file".

                                    It would also be appreciated if ERRORLEVEL was set on a consistent basis for such errors - to explain quite why the error occurred. For instance, errorlevel 20 might mean file not found, 21 file is read-only, 22 permissions don't allow etc.

                                    HIgh error numbers suggested so that the file-errors don't collide with "normal" errorlevels generated by utilities to indicate "found/not found (find(str) for instance)

                                    And for a real advance, a report like

                                    (Not Found) - "C:\nowhere\to be.seen"…

                                    8 votes
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                                      • Some known command prompt bugs/missdocumentations.

                                        Hello,

                                        First to clarify that I didn't succeeded to install windows 10 with virtual box .
                                        I'll list some bugs/missdocumentations in cmd.exe (and some internal commands) that are here for a long time and I suppose they still there in windows 10 too.

                                        1. APPEND/DPATH

                                        DPATH is a rather working command and allows you to use input redirection and type with files form different directories as they are in the same directory (http://ss64.org/viewtopic.php?id=1876 , http://ss64.org/viewtopic.php?id=1876)
                                        The syntax is the same as PATH command and rellies on %DPATH% environment variable.
                                        But its help message points to APPEND command which…

                                        5 votes
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                                        • CMD.exe - PID

                                          Could we have `cmd`'s process ID available as a magic-variable in the environment, a la %time% %date% etc?

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