Keyboard shortcut to paste clipboard content into command prompt window (Win XP)

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Yes.. but awkward. Link

alt + Space, e, k <-- for copy and
alt + Space, e, p <-- for paste.

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I personally use a little AutoHotkey script to remap certain keyboard functions, for the console window (CMD) I use:

; Redefine only when the active window is a console window  #IfWinActive ahk_class ConsoleWindowClass  ; Close Command Window with Ctrl+w $^w:: WinGetTitle sTitle If (InStr(sTitle, "-")=0) {      Send EXIT{Enter} } else {     Send ^w }  return    ; Ctrl+up / Down to scroll command window back and forward ^Up:: Send {WheelUp} return  ^Down:: Send {WheelDown} return   ; Paste in command window ^V:: ; Spanish menu (Editar->Pegar, I suppose English version is the same, Edit->Paste) Send !{Space}ep return  #IfWinActive  
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Not really programming related, but I found this on Google, there is not a direct keyboard shortcut, but makes it a little quicker.

To enable or disable QuickEdit mode:

  1. Open the MS-DOS program, or the command prompt.
  2. Right-click the title bar and press Properties.
  3. Select the Options tab.
  4. Check or un-check the QuickEdit Mode box.
  5. Press OK.
  6. In the Apply Properties To Shortcut dialog, select the Apply properties to current window only if you wish to change the QuickEdit setting for this session of this window only, or select Modify shortcut that started this window to change the QuickEdit setting for all future invocations of the command prompt, or MS-DOS program.

QuickEdit

To Copy text when QuickEdit is enabled:

  1. Click and drag the mouse pointer over the text you want.
  2. Press Enter (or right-click anywhere in the window) to copy the text to the clipboard.

To Paste text when QuickEdit is enabled:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the window.

To Copy text when QuickEdit is disabled:

  1. Right-click the title bar, press Edit on the menu, and press Mark.
  2. Drag the mouse over the text you want to copy.
  3. Press Enter (or right-click anywhere in the window) to copy the text to the clipboard.

To Paste text when QuickEdit is disabled:

  1. Right-click the title bar, press Edit on the menu, and press Paste.
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Thanks Pablo, just what I was looking for! However, if I can take the liberty of improving your script slightly, I suggest replacing your ^V macro with the following:

; Use backslash instead of backtick (yes, I am a C++ programmer). #EscapeChar \  ; Paste in command window. ^V:: StringReplace clipboard2, clipboard, \r\n, \n, All SendInput {Raw}%clipboard2% return 

The advantage of using SendInput is that

  • it doesn't rely on the command prompt system menu having an "Alt+Space E P" menu item to do the pasting (works for English and Spanish, but not for all languages).
  • it avoids that nasty flicker you get as the menu is created and destroyed.

Note, it's important to include the "{Raw}" in the SendInput command, in case the clipboard happens to contain "!", "+", "^" or "#".

Note, it uses StringReplace to remove excess Windows carriage return characters. Thanks hugov for that suggestion!

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There is also a great open source tool called clink, which extends cmd by many features. One of them is being able to use ctrl+v to insert text.

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