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  1. 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…

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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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      • Missing things in windows phone

        1. File transferred via Bluetooth should go to Bluetooth folder, not in app storage place
        2. It should not delete unidentified files.
        3. Give options to hide or unhide folders.
        4. Increase number of buttons in notification area.
        5. Provide in-built root explorer to see system files too.
        6. I can attach just images in email, add support for attaching all kind of file formats.
        7. Temporary files should be deleted of its own.

        2 votes
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        • 34 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We have this item tracking our backlog now. It goes beyond just the custom window icon item we’ve been tracking. Thank you for the suggestion —Rich

          • 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…

            20 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Send started programs to the "background".

              Some programs when launched from CMD will "block" CMD until they exit. Allow to run programs so that I can keep on using the CMD window. Similar to bash "<program> &" or hitting CTRL+Z to allow input.

              31 votes
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              • 35 votes
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                  on the backlog  ·  5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support printing

                  It would be great to be able to print the contents of a console window as displayed and also flowed to best fit the printer's current paper selection.

                  [Transposed from my original asks posted in 2011 :) http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/6ea38884-8483-4956-b867-859eb666a797/please-consider-some-improvements-to-the-command-line-ui?forum=windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral]

                  26 votes
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                    on the backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Infinite scroll and template shell

                    A nice Idea will be, at least as developer, to have an infinite scroll that could help a lot when you are reading a log from an application.

                    The templating could be something like Oh My Zsh\Fish, to help other developers to create add-ons that could help on our tasks.

                    - Show the status of a repository
                    - show the branch
                    ...

                    25 votes
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                      Can anyone provide commentary going into a bit more detail on the templating request? We’ve discuss and “aren’t certain we are sure!”

                    • "Find" dialog improvements

                      Should not be modal. I should be able to scroll via command prompt scroll bars while find dialog is open.

                      Highlight found text.

                      Wrap around option

                      Search command history option

                      18 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We’ve spent a lot of time hearing and thinking about these improvements; there is a lot to improve as you’ve noticed. We have these items on our backlog, and thanks for validating. —Rich

                      • 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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                                  • 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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