How to Enable Copy-Paste in Windows 10 Command Prompt

A Guide to enable Copy Pasting with Keyboard shortcut in command prompt of Windows 10
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Command prompt comes pre-installed in Windows 10. You can do various things in the command prompt by executing command lines in this app. The syntax varies in length and they could be short as well as long. If you have to type a long syntax repeated number of times then you might be a little tired of doing so! This is where the Keyboard shortcut for Copy paste in command prompt can be handy. If you are looking for options to enable you to Windows 10 copy paste in command prompt. In this guide we are going to tell you how to copy paste in command prompt using keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10.

If you try to do it using the general keyboard shortcuts of CTRL+C and CTRL+V then it does not work, isn’t it? Don’t worry, please follow this guide and you will be able to do it easily.

Enabling Copy Paste Keyboard Shortcut in CMD

Step 1: Choose any of the following ways to open Command Prompt.

  • Press Windows logo key + R together on your keyboard which opens the run dialog box.
  • Type ‘cmd’ in the run box and hit Enter Key.


  • You can open command prompt by pressing Windows logo key and type ‘cmd’.
  • Hit Enter key on your keyboard.

Step 2: After the command prompt application opens, Right-click on the Title bar of the command prompt application window.

Then, Click on Properties from the context menu.

Step 3: Once the Properties window of command prompt opens up then you can see the Options tab.

  • At the bottom of the window, you can see there is a checkbox by the name ‘Use legacy console (requires relaunch, affects all consoles)’. Please uncheck this box by clicking over it.
  • After unchecking the box, some of the checkboxes under Edit Options at the top of the properties will be activated and now you will be able to enable the Ctrl key shortcuts by clicking the checkbox “Enable Ctrl key shortcuts” as shown in the below image.

At last, Click OK and that will close the properties window of command prompt.

Note:- Any changes done in the properties of command prompt will be affected only after you relaunch the command prompt application.

Step 4: Please close the command prompt window and relaunch it as is explained in Step 1 of this article and try copy-pasting any command lines. You can now observe that CTRL + C and CTRL+ V keyboard shortcuts are now working.


If you are heavily into the command prompt carrying out commands in the application these steps can help you a lot of time. Long and tedious typing commands not only take time but also tires you down and bring your efficiency down over time. Hope we could explain to you how to enable keyboard shortcuts in the command prompt and also help you save time and energy. Thank you for visiting our post, please come back for more.