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Take Command / TCC Help v. 28

Take Command tab windows allow you to run multiple applications in their own tab inside a single Take Command session.


Although you can run any character-mode and many GUI applications in a tab window, the most common usage will be command processors or utilities. Take Command includes its own console-mode command processor (TCC, formerly known as 4NT), but you can run any other command processor, including CMD, PowerShell, bash, etc. in a tab window. You can even tell Take Command to detect new console windows and automatically convert them to Take Command tab windows!


Take Command has special support for TCC dialogs. When you click on another tab, Take Command will hide the dialogs belonging the non-active TCC tab windows.


You can use the scroll bars or the Alt cursor keys to view text that has scrolled through the window. You can also save the contents of a tab window and scrollback buffer to a file, copy text from a tab Window to the clipboard, and copy text from the clipboard or from the tab window scrollback buffer to the command line. See Highlighting and Copying Text for information about saving and retrieving text in the tab window and The Command Line for complete details about using the Take Command console command line.


You can display the tabs on the top, left, right, or bottom of the Take Command window. You can also rotate the tab labels 90 degrees, allowing you to fit more labels without scrolling at the cost of slightly smaller tab windows. The small tab on the right of the tab window labels will open a new default tab window.


Take Command supports remapped console palettes in the tab windows. Take Command will use the individual palette defined for each console.


Holding down the Alt key while spinning the mouse wheel will select tab windows.


If you press the left mouse button while the cursor is in a tab window, Take Command will pause output (and scrolling) until you release the key. This will make it easier to copy text while the app is still outputting text.


If you press the left mouse button while the cursor is on the slider in the vertical scrollbar, Take Command will pause output (and scrolling) until you release the key.


If you hold down the Ctrl key while dropping files in a Take Command tab window, Take Command will append a CR and execute the command.


If you have selected text in a tab window, a Ctrl-C will now copy that text to the clipboard and clear the selection. If you do not have any selected text (or if you press Ctrl-C again), it will act like a Ctrl-Break.


Holding down the Ctrl key while scrolling the mouse wheel will change the font size in the Take Command console tab windows. Not all apps will be happy about you randomly changing their font size (and thus the console window size)!


If the cursor is hidden in a console application running in a tab window, the tab window cursor will also be hidden.


Right clicking on the tab window title will display a context menu containing the same options as in the Take Command TABS menu, with three additions:


Read-only Tab - If checked, keyboard input will be disabled in this tab.


New Horizontal Tab Group - Moves the current tab window into a new horizontal tab group.


New Vertical Tab Group - Moves the current tab window into a new vertical tab group.


You can also run simple GUI applications in tab windows. (This will not work for applications that have multiple parent windows.)


Splitter Windows


Take Command supports a splitter window option for each tab window. You must enable "Splitter Windows" in the Take Command configuration dialog (Tabs window), and restart Take Command to see the splitter.


To open a splitter window, drag the splitter button on the horizontal scrollbar to the right. The splitter window (on the right side) will not automatically scroll to the end when new output is displayed, or when you enter new commands. This allows you to scroll back in the screen buffer to review previous commands and output, and to select text from previous pages.