How To Enable Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V For Copy-Pasting In Windows Command Prompt

  • Run your command prompt as administrator
command prompt run as administrator
  • Go to the properties of the command prompt by right clicking on its top and then clicking on the properties.
command prompt properties
  • Once the properties of the command prompt open up, go to the Experimental tab
  • Under Experimental, click or check on Enable Experimental Console Features (applies globally)
  • And then, also check on Enable new Ctrl key shortcuts. You can refer the image below for the same.
command prompt experimental to enable copy paste in cmd

Once you enable the new Ctrl key shortcuts, the command prompt will start recognizing the Ctrl key command from the keyboard.
You might have noticed that when we press Ctrl and some other button, let’s say when we want a command to stop executing, we press Ctrl + C in Windows CMD but it appears as ^C. This basic example must have given you an idea of what difference was there in using copy and paste in command prompt.
But once Ctrl keys are enabled, you can easily use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V on the command prompt.
Under the properties of the command prompt, you can also bring in a lot of changes in the appearance, opacity, and other keyboard input styles. Just explore it further and try on your own.


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