How to Copy a Command Prompt to Notepad

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The Windows Command Prompt utility lets you run older applications on your Windows machine. Moreover, it is used to execute various Windows-based commands, such as enabling dynamic link libraries and networking-related components. A noticeable feature is the lack of a graphical user interface, which prevents users from using the Windows-based mouse cursor to select and copy information. However, you can still copy what appears in the Command Prompt screen and paste it into a word processing program, such as Notepad.

Launch Command Prompt

  • Click the "Start" icon in the Windows task bar to open the Start menu. Click "All Programs" and then click "Accessories."

  • Click "Command Prompt" to launch the applet.

  • Type the target destination you want to copy and press the "Enter" key. For example, to view the contents of the "Users" folder, type "Cd\users" and press "Enter."

Select All Text

  • Click the Control Menu box (also known as the Toaster button) located in the upper-left corner of the Command Prompt window to open a drop-down menu.

  • Highlight "Edit" to open a context menu, then click "Select All."

  • Right-click the highlighted area in the Command Prompt window to automatically copy that information onto the Windows 7 clipboard.

Select Partial Text

Paste Text

  • Click the "Start" icon in the Windows task bar to open the Start menu. Click "All Programs" and then click "Accessories."

  • Click the "Notepad" application from the list of available utilities.

  • Click "Edit" in the Menu toolbar, then click "Paste" to retrieve the information from the Command Prompt screen. Click "File" and then "Save As" to save the data as a TXT file.

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