Syntax help and command suggestion through popups

Feb 24, 2022
Take Command is one of the most feature filled program of its kind out there and that it is continuously updated is impressive. PromptPal, compared against Take Command in this blog post quite a while ago, has features that i find really useful in getting to know more about various commands and their options command suggestion and syntax help. here's an example of how it is done in PromptPal:

Command suggestion


Syntax help


i know Take Command has the commands and its options at the bottom:


where a user can mouse over them and see what the various options do but, in my view, having them popup where the cursor is means that a user doesn't have to move their hand from the keyboard to their mouse to get help for a certain command and its options.

i hope this is something that can be implemented in future versions of Take Command because then, it can be used by command consolle beginners as a powerful tool to learn the various commands and their options.
Jan 12, 2014
Switzerland, SO
Unfortunately the the help in the bottom bar is not complete - and there is probably no chance that this will change (discussed already, you could search for it).

The way to go is after you typed a command press <F1> to see the FULL help OR type "command /=" (example: type /=) - where available - to call the command dialog with full options. If you type "command /?" you will see the same incomplete options like in bottom bar.
Feb 24, 2022
i appreciate your response, i've tried searching for the discussions on the help in the bottom bar and cannot seem to find it, could you please link me to it ?

very interesting suggestions, Thank you. i especially like the "/=" option, very nice! opening full help through F1 is great but it would be even better if we could access some of the information found in the help through popups as we type. so, for example, if we type: "cd /" a popup menu like that found in PrompPal would show up with this information from the help:

/= Display the CD command dialog to help you set the command line options. The /= option can be anywhere on the line; additional options will set the appropriate fields in the command dialog.

/D Changes the current drive as well as directory. This option is included only for compatibility with the same option available in some versions of CMD. In most cases you should use CDD, which performs the same function.

/N Skips the standard extended directory search when the directory is not found. This option is useful in batch files to force an error (rather than an extended search) if a directory is not found.

/R Change to the target of the reparse point (hard or symbolic link).

/X Don't save the current directory to the Directory History list..

enabling the user to see what each option does.

Thank you again for replying to the thread, your suggestions will be a big help going forward.
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Feb 24, 2022
Thank you for the links. reading through them and looking at the dates they were posted i can see why you said that chances of implementation were slim. at least we can hope that things have changed since then and that the developers are open to this suggestion.

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