Friday, August 12, 2011

Copy + Paste in cmd prompt!

If you use a lot of cmd prompt you have to know how annoying it is to not be able to use ctrl + c and ctrl + v to copy paste. Well if you have ever used unix/linux command line you know that in almost all of them you can highlight text with your mouse and paste with a right click – very useful and time saving.

Apparently you can do you the same in cmd prompt if you enable “QuickEdit” mode:

To enable QuickEdit mode:
1. Right-click the Command Prompt's title bar and go to Properties.
2. Under Edit Options, select QuickEdit Mode.
3. Paste text using the mouse right-click button.
This will also let you select text using the mouse and copy it to the clipboard from the Command Prompt by hitting Enter or right-clicking.

Windows 7 will save your QuickEdit mode preference, however if you are using an older OS version and want this to be the default behavior for the Command Prompt, use the Registry Editor (regedit.exe from Run), go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Console and set the QuickEdit key's value data to 1. That should do the trick, permanently.


Happy copy/pasting!

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