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  1. Custom key and mouse mappings

    Note that another item on our backlog is to provide custom mapping of keyboard and mouse actions. Maybe you want SHIFT-CONTROL-@ to increase the font size, for example. This technical preview build hard codes all editing and action keys. If one of our choices conflicts with another app or assignment you've specific, go to the "Experimental Options tab" and disable the extended editing keys.

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      on the backlog  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Font reset

      In the CMD prompt I can change font, and the change is remembered. When I do the same in the PowerShell host, the font resets to "raster 7x12" in the next PowerShell Windows I open.

      7 votes
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      • LS

        Yes... add this command. Just hate to remember DIR.

        In downcase of course.

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        • Make CMD more customizable.

          I would like if i can change color of CMD, font of CMD, etc. :) + add UTF-8 encoding

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          • Preserve the formatting of the command window

            Pasting the contents of the clipboard loses all formatting - msbuild (and other programs probably) format (colourize) their output which makes them far more readable but only while it's in the command window.

            Preserving the formatting when copying would provide the same benefits in the event the command output is copied and pasted to a file

            4 votes
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            • Transparent title, opaque text with shadow

              Transparent title, twice opaque background, even more opaque scrollbars and always visible text with shadow.
              Something like this: http://s28.postimg.org/b4vczb4b1/cl_o.gif

              2 votes
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              • Owners of clink, ConEmu, Cygwin Bash

                Anyone know where to contact the owners of these consoles / shells? Trying to reach out to assess compatibility. Meanwhile, I'll keep searching. Thanks --Rich

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                • 2 votes
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                  • new edlin.exe and debug.exe

                    A new version of old edlin and debug will be fine..thanks

                    2 votes
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                    • Shift click filename autopaste

                      Something that has always made me go "Hmm, why didn't they make that a feature" in other console and including the CMD in windows. When clicking a file name or holding ctrl, alt or shift and clicking the file name I'd love it if it filled the name in at the cursor immediately. That way I can work quickly with large weirdly named file names without having to copy/paste the file name itself.

                      It's just a small quality of life improvement I'd like to see.

                      5 votes
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                      • Resizing window moves window position

                        When resizing the window with the mouse, grabbing some edges cause the window to re-position itself. This behavior is present in both CMD and PowerShell windows, but does not appear to be in other applications I checked to verify if this was a conhost problem or a broader Win10 bug. Grabbing the north, northeast, southwest, west, and northwest edges of the window and dragging to resize will show this behavior. Grabbing other edges will resize the window correctly, i.e., the opposite edge remains anchored in its position so the window does not move along with the resizing operation.

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                        • zsh and github integration

                          When dealing with long directory names the cursor ends up half way across the screen. If you have tried zsh, it removes the path and gives statistics on the github status of the current directory.

                          At the very least a way to condense long directory paths would be nice.

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                          • Borderless function

                            Borderless function for all programms (in window), please!

                            2 votes
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                            • Console Team response limited today

                              Hey all. It's awesome getting your comments here, and we've added several new items to our backlog because of it. Thanks for caring and helping drive console improvements in Windows -- we all want it to be great someday!

                              Wanted to let you know that we're offline from UserVoice for most of today so you won't see as many comments from us today. Absolutely not ignoring any idea discussions that help improve our work. :)

                              Thanks, keep 'em coming. --Rich

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                                • Make typing ctrl-? emit a dir listing for the path before caret. Csh does this, and it is immensely useful when trying to complete pathname

                                  Make typing ctrl-? emit a dir listing for the path before caret. Csh does this, and it is immensely useful when trying to complete pathnames and you don't know the next subdir to start the name for completion. Otherwise, you have to esc, type dir + path, retype previous cmd line, etc.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Bing search popup issue

                                    Whenever there is some sound running on phone speaker for more than 2-3 minutes the bing search window start poping up in between and need to closed manually. I'm using Nokia Lumina phone with Windows 7.1.

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                                    • Make [Ctrl]+[Delete] work like it works in text editors

                                      In current tech preview it is possible to delete a whole word by using [Ctrl]+[Backspace] which is great! Unfortunately you cannot do the usual [Ctrl]+[Delete] that usually does the same but deletes the word after the cursor. It is just a counterpart of [Ctrl]+[Backspace] so I think it would be logical to implement it too. Thanks!

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