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Useful keyboard shortcuts in the Windows 10 Command Prompt

Command Prompt is the command-line interface (CLI) of Windows operating systems like Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and earlier. It is a special type of software which comes pre-installed in Windows operating systems which allows the user to operate the computer using different syntax and commands which are fed to the computer using the keyboard. It is also known as the console of Windows. Like Windows, other operating systems like Ubuntu (Linux) and OSX have their own command-line interfaces, i.e. Terminal.


In order to learn how to launch Command Prompt in Windows, please click here.

Before the launch of Windows 10, Command Prompt didn’t use to support keyboard shortcuts. Therefore, copying texts, pasting texts and other activities couldn’t be done so easily in the older versions, by using keyboard shortcuts.

Fortunately, Windows 10 brought out a major upgrade in its console along with it which finally allowed the users to use keyboard shortcuts to make the works easier and faster to do in the console. Hence, if you’re using Windows 10 right now, you have the freedom to use shortcuts while your working on your OS’s Command Prompt.

Below is a list of all the keyboard shortcuts that are supported by the Windows 10 Command Prompt:



Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert Copies the selected text to clipboard.
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert Pastes the copied text.
Ctrl + A Selects all the text in the current line (in case of the absence of text in the current line, all the text in the Command Prompt window will be selected).
Ctrl + Up/Down Moves the screen one line up/down.
Ctrl + Page Up/Page Down Moves the screen one page up/down.
Ctrl + F Opens ‘Find’ window for searching a text within the Command Prompt window.
Ctrl + M Enters Mark mode, which lets the user select text with the help of a mouse.
Up/Down/Left/Right Moves the cursor up, down, left or right in Mark mode.
Shift + Up/Down Moves the cursor up/down one line and selects text.
Shift + Left/Right Moves the cursor left/right one character and selects text.
Shift + Page Up/Page Down Moves the cursor up/down screen and selects text.
Shift + Home/End Moves the cursor to the beginning/end of the current line and selects text.
Ctrl + Shift + Home/End Extends the current selection to the beginning or end of the screen buffer (respectively).
Alt + F4 Closes Command Prompt.

Posted: 10-15-2016 7:22 PM by Sagun Raj Lage