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

Posted December 2, 2003 by AlexTheBeast in Windows

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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