Is there any way to make Windows console less ugly? I imagine there might be some 32 bit application that provides a nicer UI, but delegates all calls to cmd under the hood. Is there such an app?

For now, I just want better fonts, ability to copy-paste with Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, and other functionality in general, common to all 32 bit apps.

Features like tabs and translucency will be a plus.

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    You do realize that Ctrl-C is used to abort commands? Do you really want to lose that functionality? – Daniel Beck Jul 8 '12 at 8:08
  • I found the source code for a program that does it for you daniweb.com/software-development/cpp/code/216345/… – Celeritas Jul 8 '12 at 8:56
  • @DanielBeck, I want to be able copy without having to highlight text. Some other key binding will also do. – missingfaktor Jul 8 '12 at 9:38
  • The Windows console (CMD.EXE) is a 32 bit application. – MSalters Jul 8 '12 at 14:04
  • @DanielBeck, Actually, why not to use Ctrl-C when there is selection present? Otherwise Ctrl-C may provide its default function. :) – Maximus Jul 11 '12 at 0:07

Try ConEmu - Windows Console Emulator. I'm the author of it.

ConEmu is highly configurable and flexible tool with hundreds of options :) Fonts, Tabs, keboard shortcuts for standard actions and simply macros, Quake style, ANSI support, GUI apps (putty, notepad++) in tabs and much more.

Note. Ctrl+V by default paste only first line from clipboard. Shift+Ins paste all lines. This was made to avoid unexpectedly execution of commands on paste in prompt.

And how about to change cursor position in prompt with mouse click?

Window Console Enhancement

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    +1. I am accepting this answer, because that's the least I can do to thank you for this amazing tool. :) – missingfaktor Jul 8 '12 at 13:01

Console does everything you ask for, and more. Except you should reconsider the Ctrl-C as Daniel points out. By default, on most OS, copying from a gui console is done simply by highlighting text with the mouse.

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  • @stijn, Did you try ConEmu? – Maximus Jul 8 '12 at 12:57
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    @Maximus no, actually first time I hear about it. Will try it if I have some spare time. – stijn Jul 8 '12 at 17:03

You could install CygWin and use Putty with it: https://code.google.com/p/puttycyg/

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What about http://code.google.com/p/mintty/?

Nice and slick, based on Putty.

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