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I am trying to copy the output of a shell script to the clipboard. I right-click, select Mark, select the desired text, press Ctrl + C and then Ctrl + V into a Notepad file, but there's nothing to be pasted.

What am I doing wrong? This worked until recently.

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marked as duplicate by Brad Patton, Scott, terdon, Tog, Karan Apr 13 '13 at 14:45

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FYI, Ctrl+C is the break function for the command prompt, so it cant be used for cutting and pasting – Keltari Apr 12 '13 at 21:36
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You don't have to do Ctrl + C , simply right click on selected text and it will copy to clipboard automatically.

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Thanks, it's worked on Windows 10 cmd – Bilal Aug 1 '15 at 19:25
Why in the world did they change it from Ctrl + C to right-clicking to copy? This is so much harder to figure out. – Guy Jan 19 at 0:49

To copy CMD line text to the clip board --

In the upper left of the CMD line Window, click on the black "C:\" icon --> Edit --> Mark

Then use the mouse to highlight what you want to copy to the clipboard


Move the mouse to where you to paste and then CTRL-V

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If you have QuickEdit mode turned on you don't even need to explicitly select Mark every time. Simply select with the mouse and right-click. – Karan Apr 12 '13 at 20:51

Right Click in the command prompt > Click "Mark" > Click and Drag over what you want to copy

Now you can paste this text with Ctrl+v.

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You have missed a part of the procedure in your answer. After you Click and Drag to select what you want to copy, you have to either Right-click on the selection, or press the [Enter] key, which will place the selection on the clipboard. Then you can perform the paste operation. – Kevin Fegan Apr 13 '13 at 0:07

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