Posts Tagged ‘terminal’

Poor cmd.exe is looking pasty

October 5, 2009

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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Don’t be such a square cmd.exe!

October 4, 2009

CMD.EXE turns what should be a simple copy/paste operation into a multi-step operation.
cmd_sqsel_fail1
DOH!

cmd_sqsel_fail2
DOH!

I’m not even saying the “normal” selection should be the default, but at least give me a keyboard modifier I can hold down to get a sane selection algorithm.