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Command History in the Command Windows (and Fast File Names)

Up until a few weeks ago, the only way I knew of to get back to an old command in the Command Prompt was to press the Up arrow and walk back through the commands. It turns out that if you press F7 in the Command Prompt, a window pops up showing all the commands you've executed, and you can cycle through them with the Up or Down arrows (you can't edit the commands, though).

Speaking of editing commands: The most common error I make when entering commands is misspelling file or folder names. It turns out that I don't have to type in a full file name in the Command Prompt. If I type my command, followed by the first letters of the file or folder name I want and just keep hitting the Tab key, I'll cycle through all the file and folder names in the directory. I can even use wildcard characters (e.g. c*.DLL to find all the DLLs with names beginning with the letter C) with this trick.

And did you know that if you click on the icon in the left-hand corner of the Command Prompt title bar and select the Edit choice, you can cut, copy and paste in the Command Prompt?

Posted by Peter Vogel on 07/08/2012 at 1:16 PM


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