Useful Windows 10 Command Prompt Shortcuts

Windows 10 Command Prompt Shortcuts

Windows 10 introduced some useful keyboard shortcuts regarding copying and pasting. You can now use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V in the Command Prompt, which is something you definitely cannot do in previous versions of Windows.

In the final version of Windows 10, Command Prompt shortcuts are turned on by default (in earlier builds they were turned off).

If you’re not sure if the shortcuts are turned on, you can check by opening the Command Prompt (Start > All apps > Windows System > Command Prompt) and right-clicking the title bar of the Command Prompt’s window.

Click Properties and a new window will open. Under the Options tab, you’ll see a section called Edit Options. Make sure the check box next to Enable Ctrl key shortcuts is checked, and click OK to apply the changes.


These keyboard shortcuts will make your work more efficient

Keyboard Shortcut     


  • Ctrl + A         
  • Ctrl + C /Ctrl + Insert 
  • Ctrl + V/Shift + Insert
  • Ctrl + M  
  • In Mark Mode
  • Ctrl + Up arrow key
  • Ctrl + Down arrow key  
  • Ctrl + F       
  • Left or right arrow keys
  • Shift + Left/Right  
  • Ctrl + Shift + L/R
  • Shift + Page Up/Down
  • Shift + Home/End
  • Up or down arrow keys   
  • Page up    
  • Page down    
  • Ctrl + Home 
  • Ctrl + End   
  • Alt + F4  
  • Ctrl + Shift + Home/End   
  • Select all content of the current line
  • Copy selected items to clipboard
  • Paste content from clipboard
  • Starts mark mode (lets you select text with mouse)
  • Move cursor up, down, left, or right
  • Move screen up one line 
  • Move screen down one line
  • Open search for Command Prompt
  • Move cursor left or right in the current line
  • Move cursor left/right one character, select text
  • Move cursor left/right one word, select text
  • Move cursor up/down screen and select text
  • Move cursor to beg/end of current line select text
  • Cycle through command history of the session
  • Move cursor one page up
  • Move cursor one page down
  • Scroll to top of the console
  • Scroll to the bottom of the console
  • Close the Command Prompt
  • Move cursor to beginning/end of screen buffer and select text and beginning/end of Command Prompt’s output

About Sylvia the IT Lady

About Sylvia the IT Lady Sylvia has been working in the IT industry for 25 years. Provided support for users at the Calgary Airport, Calgary City Hall, Nortel, Law firm in Calgary, Law firm in Toronto, Software start-up company and a Bottling company. She began her career after the kids went to school working for an Electrical Contracting firm in Calgary, started on the reception desk ending up as HR manager. Times were changing so she decided to change careers to IT. Received her MSCE from a small technical college in Calgary, and the rest is history. As well as my MSCE she has earned CompTIA Server+, iNet+, Network+ and ITIL.v3. certifications. When she is not supporting companies and user, she can be found in the kitchen canning pickles to enter into local agricultural fairs, (winning several ribbons) preparing pies and quiches for the freezer, hiking in the summer, snowshoeing in the winter and making wine. Learning to play the piano as well.
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