CMD: Copy/Paste between Window and Command Console/DOS Program

The following tech-recipe explains how to copy/paste information easily into or out of either the Command Console or a DOS program from a window.

Most users will agree that copying and pasting data into the Windows Command Console is no simple task. The procedure described below will help to alleviate the difficulties one typically experiences.

This tech-recipe may also be used to paste information into a DOS program.

First, follow these steps to enable QuickEdit Mode:

1. Open a Command Prompt/Command Console.
2. Right-click on the title bar.
3. Select Properties.
4. Select QuickEdit Mode.
5. Select Save Properties for future windows with same title if you want to make this a permanent change. Select Apply Properties for current window only if you only want to enable QuickEdit for this session.
6. Click OK.

With QuickEdit Mode enabled, you will be able to copy/paste information into or out of the Command Console.

To paste information into the Command Console, follow these steps:
1. Place information into the clipboard
2. Right click into the console to paste the information.

To copy information from the Console into the clipboard, proceed as follows:
1. Click and drag to highlight the information in the Console.
2. Press Enter or right click in the Console to put this information into the clipboard.

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12 Responses to “CMD: Copy/Paste between Window and Command Console/DOS Program”

  1. October 05, 2008 at 8:05 am, shubhendu said:

    hey man this tip helped me so much while runing scripts in ccmd


    • October 05, 2008 at 5:31 pm, davak said:

      Great! Glad we could help.


      • November 25, 2008 at 10:43 am, dikshit said:

        how can i copy / Paste my newfolder from c:/ to d:/ drive plz tell me


  2. November 25, 2008 at 10:41 am, dikshit said:

    how can i copy / Paste my newfolder from c:/ to d:/ drive plz tell me .


  3. December 28, 2008 at 12:35 am, tree said:

    Thanks! This worked perfectly! Saved me alot of trouble. Thanks again!


  4. March 12, 2009 at 11:27 am, mpazda said:

    This ISNT working for me.

    Still when i try and past into the CMD window… nothing appears? :-(


  5. March 12, 2009 at 11:32 am, mpazda said:

    However, i used

    reg.exe add HKCUConsole /v QuickEdit /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

    in the command prompt, and it works fine now…


  6. September 03, 2010 at 8:32 am, Fried Hog said:



  7. July 24, 2011 at 8:14 am, H Kishan4 said:

    thank u sir,
    i learnt with u r wonderful co-operation


  8. December 02, 2011 at 4:57 am, sashi said:

    Thanks a lot. This tip helped me no end.


  9. December 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm, Michelle said:

    Thank you so much!!


  10. January 11, 2012 at 12:45 am, Info said:

    That is what I was looking for :)


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