# Friday, 21 December 2007

Raymond Chen asked why QuickEdit mode isn't always on for command prompts. Then he gives a cogent explanation of why, but he left me wondering what QuickEdit mode is and why I never knew about it. I copy things out of command prompts (or DOS boxes as I usually call them) all the time - usually file names, but sometimes results from things I ran or commands that I am pasting into instruction manuals. As you may know, this generally involves getting into "mark mode" first:

But there is such a thing as QuickEdit for a command prompt, and it basically means you're always in Mark mode. You can change the properties for the shortcut (on my Vista machine, the Visual Studio 2005 command prompt is in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Visual Studio 2005\Visual Studio Tools and that's probably where it is on yours too.) Here's the option:

You have to consent to using your admin powers when you save this change, and then that command prompt is in quick edit mode every time you launch it.

It may not save much time but it saves so much frustration! Hope it helps you too.


Friday, 21 December 2007 17:13:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [3]
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 16:28:26 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hey Now K8,
I didn't know that thx 4 the info,
Friday, 11 January 2008 04:24:02 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
this mode asks me to enter twice to turn of output console in a console app
I low iq low it skills, just know that I fail at a Japanese company
Costa Kaller
Friday, 11 January 2008 06:14:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Costa, if I understand you correctly you're saying that Quick Edit mode makes things worse for some console applications. That, in a nutshell, is Raymond's explanation for why it is not on by default. I linked to his article in my original post. I'm not suggesting everyone turn this mode on for every command prompt they use, and especially not if they are going to run a console application from that command prompt. But it's a very convenient setting for times when I'm just running a few commands or a small batch file.

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