Poor cmd.exe is looking pasty

When working in a terminal, you want to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible, but cmd.exe does its best to discourage you. Pasting from the clipboard is as “easy” as pressing Alt+Space+E+P. Or if you prefer the mouse (Why would you, you are in a terminal), just enable “quick edit“.

I guess giving your poor users a keyboard shortcut that can be pressed quickly with one hand is too much to ask? Ctrl+V is taken, but it screams optional registry hack. Please MS, give us a shortcut that is on by default! It can be anything, Alt+V, Ctrl+Alt+V or Ctrl+Space, I don’t care as long as we get one.

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6 Responses to “Poor cmd.exe is looking pasty”

  1. anonymous Says:

    Hey I love this blog. Btw this might help (you might be already knowing): http://stackoverflow.com/questions/131955/keyboard-shortcut-to-paste-clipboard-content-into-command-prompt-window-win-xp. It isn’t exactly an elegant solution but works.

  2. anonymous Says:

    Hey did this “solution” help? 🙂

    • windowssucks Says:

      I’ll stick with right clicking for now, but I have been playing with the idea of creating my own console replacement. (Not going to be pretty, would have to hook all console related api’s)

  3. Тео Says:

    Actually the guys from JPSoft did all this stuff RIGHT! (Check jpsoft.com)
    Their cmd replacement:
    * has SHIFT + arrow keys working. Even shift+Ctrl+arrows for selecting words work! Bonus – they have sane definition of what “word” is, something that most free editors lack
    * They have Ctrl-Y which is a replacement of Ctrl-C and puts the marked text in the clipboard
    * They have Ctrl-V working!
    * Their TAB completion works with files, folders, hidden files/folders, *named streams* (doh, 99% of Windows users do not know named streams exist)

    That’s so insane, that every time I read that PowerShell has usable CLI, I burst into uncontrollable laughter.

    Bonus – they also have cool bat files extensions, like multi-line if/else, quite nice for, commands for CLI/GUI, working with registry, WMI, dates, times, file sizes, and trillion other cool stuff. Unfortunatelly, the full “experience” costs $99 which I think is preposterous, but fortunately the fre edition is not castrated – i.e. it has most of the useful stuff intact.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    “Please MS, give us a shortcut that is on by default!”

    Ah, a proprietary software user begging his software supplier yet being completely ignored is music to my ears.

    — Linux user

  5. Sam Says:

    FireCMD is a super cool cmd.exe replacement cum console emulator. You can copy and paste using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V shortcuts, undo/redo, take snapshots, easily resize window and much more. http://www.brainasoft.com/firecmd/

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