Windows Tip: Use Quick Edit in the Command Prompt -1 reply

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#1 15 years ago

Cutting and pasting isn't just for your standard Windows programs anymore. Not only can you do it in the command prompt, but you can cut and paste text between the command prompt and Windows programs as well. Just follow the steps below to cut and paste like a pro.

Note: In Windows 98 and Me, the command prompt is also called the MS-DOS prompt.

The steps:

Open a command prompt. If the window is full screen, hit Alt + Enter to resize it. Right-click the command prompt in the taskbar and choose Properties. Go to the Misc tab in Windows 98 or Edit Options in Windows XP and make sure Quick Edit is checked. Close Properties and return to your window. Highlight the text you want to copy with your mouse and hit Enter. A white box surrounds what you are highlighting. Within the prompt window, choose the clipboard icon from your toolbar to paste your text. If you don't have a toolbar, click the little icon in the top left corner of the window and choose Edit, then Paste. You can also paste what you've copied into Windows programs such as Notepad and Word by using old, trusty Ctrl + V. You can also copy from Windows text and paste into the prompt window, if you're so inclined.