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How to use Keyboard Shortcuts in Command Prompt on Windows 10


Another amazing features of the trending Windows 10 is the ability to use keyboard shortcuts in command prompt which before now was not possible. Microsoft makes life easier for coders/developers or anybody who prefer to work via the command prompt.

windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts-command-promptHow does it works?

The initial version and beta release of Windows 10 has keyboard shortcuts disabled by default but in the final version Command Prompt shortcuts are enabled and turned on by default.

To be sure that shortcuts are enabled in Windows 10, find out by tring opening the Command Prompt (Start > All apps > Windows System > Command Prompt) and right-clicking the title bar of the Command Prompt’s window.

enabling_keyboard_shortcutsClick Properties and a new window will open. Under the Options tab, you’ll see a section called Edit Options. Make sure the check box next to Enable Ctrl key shortcuts is checked, and click OK to apply the changes.

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 via Command Prompt

Here’s what you can do via keyboard shortcut in the Command Prompt of Windows 10:

Copy selected text to the clipboard: Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Paste copied text: Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Select all text in the current line (if there’s no text in the current line, all text in the Command Prompt will be selected): Ctrl + A

Move screen one line up/down (similar to scrolling): Ctrl + Up/Down

Move screen one page up/down: Ctrl + Page Up/Page Down

Enter Mark Mode (lets you select text with the mouse): Ctrl + M

Open Find window for searching through the Command Prompt: Ctrl + F

Move cursor up/down one line and select text: Shift + Up/Down

(In Mark Mode) Move cursor up, down, left, or right: Up/Down/Left/Right

Move cursor left/right one character and select text: Shift + Left/Right

Move cursor left/right one word and select text: Ctrl + Shift + Left/Right

Move cursor up/down screen and select text: Shift + Page Up/Page Down

Move cursor to beginning/end of current line and select text: Shift + Home/End

Move cursor to beginning/end of screen buffer and select text and beginning/end of Command Prompt’s output: Ctrl + Shift + Home/End

Close the Command Prompt: Alt + F4

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