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Command Prompt - Copy to Clipboard

How to Enable Copy to Clipboard from Command Prompt in Windows 7
Published by Brink
22 Aug 2009
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How to Enable Copy to Clipboard from Command Prompt in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to enable or disable Quick Edit mode in the command prompt to highlight text within the command prompt to copy to the clipboard in Windows 7.
Note   Note
You can use this for a normal command prompt or elevated command prompt window

EXAMPLE: Command Prompt
NOTE: This is the command prompt window when you have text highlighted.
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Here's How:
1. Open a command prompt, then right click on the title bar of the command prompt and click on Properties. (See screenshot below)
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A) Go to step 4 or 5.
2. Open the Start Menu and click on All Programs and Accessories, then right click on Command Prompt shortcut and click on Properties. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: This option can only be done using a Command Prompt shortcut. If you do not have one, then you can do step 3 to create a shortcut to use instead.
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A) Go to step 4 or 5.
OR

3. If you do not have a shortcut to use in step 2 -
A) In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe, then right click on the cmd.exe file and click on Send To and Desktop (create shortcut). Now right click on the shortcut and click on Properties. (See screenshot below)
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4. To Enable Copy to Clipboard
A) Click on the Options tab, then check the Quick Edit mode box and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Copy to Clipboard
A) Click on the Options tab, then uncheck the Quick Edit mode box and click on OK. (See screenshot above)

B) You're done.
6. Now you can highlight text (left click and hold, drag over text) in the command prompt that you want to copy to the Windows 7 clipboard and press enter or right click. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: Notice how the command prompt title changes to Select Command Prompt when you are in Quick Edit mode to highlight the text. The title will return to Command Prompt when you press enter or right click to indicate that it has been copied to the clipboard.
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7. You can now right click where you want to copy the text to from the clipboard, then click on Paste.
That's it,
Shawn




22 Aug 2009   #1
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

"got ya..."! Right off the command prompt!

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22 Aug 2009   #2
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

i wish this was possible in vista...
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22 Aug 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Wii Master,

It's the same in Vista as well.
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22 Aug 2009   #4
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

"Once Vista is back on here I'll have it a try there too!" posting from the command prompt again!
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22 Aug 2009   #5
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

That is an amazing trick. Always thought of having it. Nice catch Shawn.
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22 Aug 2009   #6
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Shawn always manages to make the best finds for some reason!
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23 Aug 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
Shawn always manages to make the best finds for some reason!
It's just those alien advantages.
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23 Aug 2009   #8
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It's just those alien advantages.
That's getting "out there" for sure!

At times I could have sworn I had something highlighted in a command prompt and pasted into Note Pad. But this certainly is a great reminder just the same!
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23 Aug 2009   #9
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Wii Master,

It's the same in Vista as well.
well, i went to the file that you specified in explorer, but when i right clicked it and hit properties, all that came up was 4 tabs that said general, security, and i forgot what the other 2 said. do i need to take ownership or something?
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