Windows 10 Tip: How To Enable Ctrl+C for Copy and Ctrl+V for Paste in Command Prompt

In Windows 8.1 and earlier version, Ctrl+C performs a BREAK instead of a copy function, and Ctrl+V just displays a caret V on-screen, which doesn’t seem much helpful.

Ctrl+V displays a caret V in Command Prompt

Ctrl+V displays a caret V in Command Prompt

This is no longer the case in Windows 10. Here is how you can enable this new feature in Windows 10 to use Ctrl+C for Copy and Ctrl+V for Paste in Command Prompt console.

Open Command Prompt, right-click the top board and choose Properties.

Command Prompt - context menu to Properties

Make sure the option “Use legacy console” at the bottom of the dialog window unchecked, which unlocks a bunch of new features that are only available in Windows 10. Then check the option “Enable Ctrl key shortcut

Windows 10 - Command Prompt Properties

Now, using Ctrl+C copies the selected content into the clipboard, including the highlighted wrapped text in Command Prompt window, and Ctrl+V finally performs a paste in the Windows 10 console.

So, you may ask if Ctrl+C has been repurposed to its true meaning, how can we break the command when needed? The answer is simple. It will send the BREAK signal to the running application when no text is selected. When there is text selected, the first Ctrl+C copies the text and clears the selection, and the second one signals the BREAK. Have to give a big applause to the develop team for their attentions to the details.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 02/25/2016

Posted in: Windows 10
Discover more: ,