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Is there any way I can disable the stupid rectangle selection mode thing in the Windows command line? I want to select line by line like normal. Currently it's a giant pain when I need to copy things that span multiple lines because the copied text gets lineendings where there shouldn't be any...

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Pipe anything that do at the command line to a text file then select in notepad. –  EBGreen Aug 16 '12 at 13:24
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With the standard command prompt no. It is possible though with an alternative command prompt such as Console2. It will also allow you to freely set the the window size, have multiple tabs etc.

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There is ConEmu - configurable and flexible windows console emulator, I'm the author of it.

ConEmu allows both rectangular (block) and stream (text) selection, type of selection is configured with pressed (or not pressed) modifiers: Ctrl, Alt or Shift.

Some useful answers are here in ConEmu tag. And user comments on StackOverflow.

A brief excerpt from the long list of options:

  • Use any font installed in the system, or copied to a folder of the program (ttf, otf, fon, bdf)
  • Run selected tabs as Administrator (Vista+) or as selected user
  • Windows 7 Jump lists and Progress on taskbar
  • Integration with DosBox (useful in 64bit systems to run DOS applications)
  • Smooth resize, maximized and fullscreen window modes
  • Scrollbar initially hidden, may be revealed by mouseover or checkbox in settings
  • Optional settings (e.g. pallette) for selected applications
  • User friendly text and block selection (from keyboard or mouse), copy, paste, text search in console
  • ANSI X3.64 and Xterm 256 color

For more information you may refer to ConEmu documentation or mailing list.

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