27 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For The Windows 10 Command Prompt

We bet that most of, if not all the power users and geeks out there love to use the Command Prompt. It's the one-stop go to whenever you want to issue commands in a text based form and it's also one of the best ways in which you can issue administrative commands. However, for quite a long time we thought that Microsoft will eventually ditch this useful app and replace it with the newer PowerShell. We'd say that that was a correct assumption, as the Command Prompt has been ignored in all the recent versions of Windows. However, things appear to have made a turn in Windows 10, as the Command Prompt received a few major improvements and features. And one of the best things to have happened is the fact that we now have a lot new keyboard shortcuts that we can use in the Command Prompt. In this article, we'll show you some of the most useful ones, so don't stop here: keep reading!

How To Enable The Extended Keyboard Shortcuts In Windows 10's Command Prompt

First of all, you should know that, even if Microsoft finally added new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10's Command Prompt, they are not enabled by default. To get them working, you'll have to make a few settings.

Start by opening the Command Prompt. There are several ways in which you can do it, and you can find them all here: 7 Ways To Launch The Command Prompt In Windows.

Then, open the Command Prompt's Properties window. To do that, right click or long press on the top of the Command Prompt window and click or tap Properties.

In the Properties window, switch to the Options tab and uncheck the option called ”Use legacy console (requires relaunch)”.

Once you've unchecked the above mentioned option, press OK and restart Command Prompt.

It's mandatory for you to do that as, otherwise, the new features will not be ready for enabling.

After you've restarted Command Prompt, head to the Options tab from the Properties window again. Then, check the ”Enable Ctrl key shortcuts” and ”Extended text selection keys” options.

And that's it - now you can use all the new keyboard shortcuts included in the last version of Command Prompt.

NOTE: If you want to further enhance your productivity when working with the Command Prompt, we recommend you to also enable the following options: ”Filter clipboard contents on paste” and ”Enable line wrapping selection”. You'll find more information on what each of these options do, in this guide: How To Make The Command Prompt Look & Work Better.

Keyboard Shortcuts For Managing The Command Prompt In Windows 10

Here are a few keyboard shortcuts that are useful for managing the Command Prompt window:

Alt + Enter or F11 - Switches the Command Prompt window to fullscreen mode.

Alt + F4 - Closes the Command Prompt.

Keyboard Shortcuts For Copying & Pasting Text In The Windows 10 Command Prompt

After years of waiting, the Command Prompt finally supports the commonly used copy-paste keyboard shortcuts:

Ctrl + C - Copies the selected text and places it in the clipboard.

Ctrl + C - Pastes the clipboard contents.

Keyboard Shortcuts For Selecting Text In The Windows 10 Command Prompt

In Windows 10, the Command Prompt supports a lot more text selecting keyboard shortcuts than ever before. Here are some of them:

Ctrl + A - Selects all the text from the current line. On the second keystroke, it selects all the text from your Command Prompt window.

Shift + Left Arrow - Expands or narrows the text selection by one character to the left.

Shift + Right Arrow - Expands or narrows the text selection by one character to the right.

Shift + Ctrl + Left Arrow - Expands or narrows the text selection by one word to the left.

Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow - Expands or narrows the text selection by one character to the right.

Shift + Up Arrow - Expands or narrows the text selection by one line upwards.

Shift + Down Arrow - Expands or narrows the text selection by one line downwards.

Shift + Home - Expands or narrows the text selection to the beginning of the current command. On second keystroke, it expands or narrows the text selection to the beginning of the line.

Shift + End - Expands or narrows the text selection to the end of the current command. On second keystroke, it expands or narrows the text selection to the end of the line.

Ctrl + Shift + Home - Expands the text selection to the beginning of the Command Prompt window.

Ctrl + Shift + End - Expands the text selection to the end of the Command Prompt window.

Shift + Page Up - Expands or narrows the text selection by one page up.

Shift + Page Down - Expands or narrows the text selection by one page down.

Keyboard Shortcuts For Jumping Through Text In The Windows 10 Command Prompt

In the previous section of this article, we’ve shown you some keyboard shortcuts useful for selecting text. Now it’s time to see how you can quickly navigate text:

Home - Moves the cursor to the beginning of the command.

End - Moves the cursor to the end of the line.

Ctrl + Left Arrow - Moves the cursor to previous word.

Ctrl + Right Arrow - Moves the cursor the next word.

Ctrl + Up Arrow - Scrolls the Command Prompt window upwards.

Ctrl + Down Arrow - Scrolls the Command Prompt window downwards.

Keyboard Shortcuts For Managing Text In The Windows 10 Command Prompt

Sometimes, it’s useful to know how you can manage text. By that, we mean things like quickly finding bits of text, autocomplete your commands or deleting entire parts of text:

Ctrl + F - Opens the Find dialog, which you can use to enter and search for text in the Command Prompt window. If the text you've searched for is found, it will be automatically selected.

Tab - Autocompletes folder names. You can press repeatedly to cycle through all the matching folder names from your current path.

Ctrl + End - Deletes all the text from your current cursor position and up to the end of the line.

Ctrl + Home - Deletes all the text from your current cursor position and up to the beginning of the line.

Conclusion

If you like working with Command Prompt, it's almost sure that you also like using your keyboard more than your mouse. And that means that the more keyboard shortcuts for the Command Prompt, the better. If you know of other such key shortcuts, don't hesitate to share them with us in the comments form below, and we promise we'll update this article as soon as possible.