Windows Console Key Shortcuts
This page gives you some tips about using Windows Console. When you run “cmd.exe” or PowerShell, they run in the Windows Console.
Windows Console Keyboard Shortcuts
|↖ Home||Beginning of Line|
|↘ End||End of Line|
|Ctrl+←||Move cursor to previous word|
|Ctrl+→||Move cursor to next word|
|Ctrl+c||Cancel current command or clear the current command line|
Here's the most useful Windows Console keyboard shortcuts:
|⇞ Page △||First Command|
|⇟ Page ▽||Last Command|
|F8||Search command history by a string|
Here's some almost useless keys:
|F2||Type previous command up to a char|
|F3||Display previous command|
|F4||Delete char forward up to a char|
|F5||Same as ↑|
|F7||List command history|
|F9||Run a previous command by its numberic index|
Windows Console Tips
How to copy and paste in Windows console?
- Copy = 【Alt+Space e y】
- Paste = 【Alt+Space e p】
For using mouse, you need to enable it first. Right click on the window, then select “Properties”, click the “Options” tab. Check the “QuickEdit Mode”, press OK. Once that is done, you have copy and paste by mouse enabled.
- Copy = left-click drag your mouse over a area.
- Paste = right click once.
Is there a way to page up/down in Windows console?
Press 【Alt+Space e l】. This invokes the menu 〖file ▸ Edit ▸ Scroll〗 and activate the scroll mode. Then, arrow keys does page up/down. To exit, press 【Enter ↵】 or 【Esc】.
Is there a keyboard shortcut to delete a whole word?
No. However, you can move by word, using 【Ctrl+←】 and 【Ctrl+→】.
Is it possible to get Windows console to display Unicode such as Chinese?
chcp 65001. This will change output's encoding to utf-8. Also, you need to change font to Lucinda Console. However, even this doesn't work well, because Lucinda Console does not contain main Unicode symbols, and i still get dangerous beeps when
help chcp. For a list of codes, see: Code page.
- Console Code Pages @ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms682064%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
- Source stackoverflow.com
- Consoling people about their troubles with the console By Michael S Kaplan. @ http://blogs.msdn.com/michkap/archive/2005/06/29/433669.aspx
Is there a app bundled with Windows Vista to do ssh?
Windows does not have the unix tradition of telnet/ssh to remote computers to do sys admin. (However, it does support remote computing, based on Remote Desktop Services.)
Windows Console Problems
- There's no keyboard shortcut to delete by word.
- Non-standard and hard-to-use keys for copy/paste.
- Page up/down keys don't work. (mouse scroll wheel works)
- No color support.
- Hard or impossible to display Unicode chars.
Windows Console Alternatives
If you are using PowerShell, a much better solution is to use the Windows PowerShell ISE instead. (ISE = Integrated Scripting Editor). The PowerShell ISE is bundled with PowerShell. The PowerShell ISE has split panes that lets you run commands in one pane and do script editing in another pane. And if you do not need to write scripts, you can close that pane and use it just like Windows Console. Also, PowerShell ISE can display Unicode chararacters, support color, support page up/down buttons, has keyboard shortcuts to delete by word, etc.
Emacs as Console Substitute
Or, you can use emacs. Download http://ergoemacs.org/ and type 【Alt+a shell】 to start “cmd.exe” inside emacs. Or, type 【Alt+a powershell】 to start PowerShell.
If you are using other emacs distro, see:
- Emacs PowerShell Modes
- Emacs and Microsoft Windows Tips
- Emacs Shell Tutorial (bash, cmd.exe, PowerShell)
Thanks to Mouffe K rema for a tip about copy/paste keys. Thanks to iainelder for tip on paging keys.