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  1. Spinner

    Permit a SPINNER [optionalstring] command

    General structure:

    spinner somestring
    for ...(
    spinner
    )
    spinner /end

    where the first (optional) invocation sets a series of characters to be used as the spinner,

    The second invocation, within (typically) a FOR loop advances the spinner to the next character in the string The spinner character replaces the cursor.

    The third restores the initial cursor and resets the spinner string to the default "|/-\"

    hence

    for /l %%x in (1,1,8) do (
    spinner
    timeout /t 1 >nul
    )
    spinner /end

    would replace the cursor with a spinner which changes once per second

    spinner Microsoft …

    1 vote
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  2. SET /p additional options

    Allow

    set /r[character]

    to replace input-characters with character (default "*") on the display for obscuring password-input, games, etc.

    set /n

    -similar, but does not show input at all so lenth-of-password is not visible.

    2 votes
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  3. CMD.exe dates

    All utilities dealing with date/time (dir date time for...%~d) should have switches for Universal date format (eg ISO 8601 YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS) local or UTC and created/updated/accessed filedates.

    6 votes
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  4. Cross platform PowerShell

    Make PowerShell cross platform so it can be used in build scripts and for automation with mono projects on all platforms.

    4 votes
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  5. FOR /r bug in W7 (probably others)

    FOR /r "%sourcedir%" %%a in (filename)

    if filename is not ambiguous (ie. contains neither "*" nor "?") then the result will scan each subdirectory of sourcedir, assigning subdirname\filename to %%a - not as expected, finding those files that match the pattern filename.

    if filename IS ambiguous (ie. contains "*" or "?") then the result will scan each subdirectory of sourcedir, assigning subdirname\actualfilenamematchingthemask to %%a

    IMHO, the match should be against the (set) as a flemask.

    2 votes
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  6. cmd.exe FOR /f options

    FOR /f should have attional options:

    EACH : same as delims but each delimiter encountered should increment the token counter. Hence with 'delims=,' the text ,col2,col3,,,col6 would assign token1=col2; token2=col3; token3=col6 but 'each=,' would assign token2=col2; token3=col3; token6=col6 (as logical columns 1,4 and 5 ar missing)

    Option QUOTE should be implemented to turn off recognition of delimiters within "q,u,o,t,e,s"

    "SKIP=0" should be allowed

    NEWLINE should be allowed to assign NO tokens on an empty line

    LINENUM should assign the line number (32-bit limit, not 16-bit) to the LAST token+1. Thus "linenumtokens=1-3" %%A would assign the line number to %%D

    2 votes
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  7. CMD.exe - Timeout errorlevel

    Currently, timout returns no errorlevel. It would be useful if timeout was to return the ASCII keycode for the interrupting key if it's interrupted by a keystroke.

    2 votes
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  8. cmd.exe substringing and substitution

    Currently, set var=%avar:sub=replace% uses fixed characters for "beginning of substring (:)" "all characteruntil (*)" "with (=)" which are sometimes inconvenient.

    A command STRING :=+ might switch "+" to replace ":" for instance (syntax standardchar=replacementchar) STRING OFF might restore to standard.

    The syntax set var=%avar:*sub% Might be used to extract that leading part of avar up to the substring sub (note: no "with replacement" is specified)

    2 votes
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  9. CMD.exe forcing decimals

    set /a assumes that a string with a leading 0 is Octal which is very inconvenient, but must be retained for backward compatibiliy.

    If set /a encounters a string that starts `0d` then it should regard the remainder of the string as a decimal, hence currently '09` as in month-number 09 requires work-around action, but changing the set to set /a var=0d%date:~0,2% would then correctly assign 9 to var. The leading character allowed (and skipped) should be zeroes or spaces for maximum flexibility.

    1 vote
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  10. SORT.exe opions

    Allow case-sensitive sorting.

    Borrow the "tokens=...delims=...each=..." from for/f to permit sorting on token numbers in addition to straight column-numbers. Permit the column-sequence in output to be different from input so

    sort "tokens=1,2,3 each=," +3.1.2 /out 2,3,1 might sort 3 comma-separated columns in the order 3 then 1 then 2 and output the result as column2 then 3 then 1.

    1 vote
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  11. cmd.exe enabledelayedexpansion

    enabledelayedexpansion/disabledelayedexpansion should be permitted as a swich, a la echo on/echo off rather than just as an option for setlocal which necessitates extraordinary actions to retrieve altered values within the setlocal/endlocal block.

    1 vote
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  12. Allow Windows 8.x Modern apps to be installed remotely on the PC from a Windows Phone device.

    Allow Windows 8.x apps to be installed remotely on the PC when using a Windows Phone, same as you can do on a Windows Phone from your PC.

    4 votes
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  13. Make the border thiner

    make the border thinner, allow for bash like customization, ssh support.

    2 votes
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  14. Mouse support is BROKEN!

    FIX THIS! The new command prompt DOES NOT HONOR MOUSE CLICKS. Run the EDIT program that comes with Windows 10 32 bit and then try to pull the menus down with a mouse. It doesn't work!!! There are still apps that run in a Console Mode Window that need mouse support. This needs to be fixed or I'll be recommending to my 800+ customer base to skip Windows 10!

    3 votes
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  16. Visually indicate when a console is expecting keyboard input

    When executing a long running task, you often switch away from the console window to do something else. Sometimes these tasks prompt you (e.g. to confirm to overwrite a file).

    It would be nice if the taskbar button (for example) could change colors indicating that the program in the console window needs keyboard input similar to how Windows highlights the taskbar button when requiring privilege escalation.

    17 votes
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  17. window snapping

    Not sure if intended. When I open powershell or cmd as administrator, I use the ability to use hotkeys like <window + up> to snap window.

    1 vote
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  18. Error when changing properties of Powershell window

    When I make changes to the settings of my default Powershell window, I get the error:

    Unable to modify the shortcut:
    .
    Check to make sure it has not been deleted or renamed

    2 votes
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  19. Add the new command prompt as an optional update to older windows version

    This fancy new command prompt is great but I can't use it till we upgrade versions of windows. Having it as an optional upgrade for previous versions of windows would be totally awesome.

    2 votes
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  20. Allow address bar in browser to hide

    I think it would be very amazing and a welcomed feature if the address bar in the browser would hide automatically if it was not being used say after 5 secs. If the User needs it they can swipe up from the bottom to reveal it.

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