Copying and pasting text from the Command Prompt has notoriously been difficult on its own, but Microsoft has made things a lot easier with a feature called QuickEdit, which they introduced in Windows 8. It works much of the same in Windows 10, but if you’ve never used it before, it can be a little difficult to catch on (and even turn it on, if you’ve never used Command Prompt before).
Follow along below to learn not only how to turn on QuickEdit Mode, but how to use it as well.
Turning on QuickEdit
To turn QuickEdit on, you’ll first want to open Command Prompt. To do this, open your Start menu, search “cmd” and select the program. This opens Command Prompt.
Next, you’ll want to right-click on the Command Prompt taskbar (the top border) and select Properties.
To turn QuickEdit on, it’s as simple as selecting the QuickEdit Mode box under the Edit Options tab so that there’s a check mark in it. If the box has a check mark in it already, QuickEdit Mode is already on.
Now that QuickEdit Mode is turned on, you can now select text in Command Prompt. With it off, you’re unable to select text. To use it, highlight text using the left mouse button. And now, with clicking the right mouse button, you can copy text. To paste it anywhere in the Command Prompt, find the line where you want to paste it, and right-click again.
To summarize as much as possible, with QuickEdit Mode on, you can highlight with left-click, copy the highlight with right-click and then paste with a second right-click. Keep in mind that this is only for highlighting, copying and pasting within Command Prompt. Outside of Command Prompt, copying and pasting will work as the normal Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V function.
And that’s all there is to it! If you got lost and need some extra help, be sure to leave a comment below or join us over in the PCMech Forums!