Enhancing the Windows Command Prompt and Batch Scripting

Take Command organizes your Windows command prompts

Take Command is a comprehensive interactive GUI and Windows command line toolkit that makes your Windows command prompts easier to use and far more powerful. Take Command includes optional Windows Explorer integration, tabbed console windows, major enhancements to standard Windows CMD commands such as COPY, DEL, FOR, MOVE, SET, and START, and adds 190+ new commands, vastly improved command line editing, programmable tab filename and directory completion, and thousands of other features.

 

In addition, Take Command is a powerful batch file programming tool, including an integrated IDE with a sophisticated editor and batch debugger. Take Command offers extensions such as DO loops, SWITCH statements, error and exception handling, system monitoring, third-party plugins, and more than 680 built-in variables and functions.

 

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The Windows "Command Prompt" shortcut is a Windows console (command line, or character mode) session that runs the default command processor CMD (also called the "Windows command shell"). The command prompt is essential for developers, systems administrators and advanced users. Unfortunately, CMD commands and the Windows console UI have always been woefully lacking in ability compared to what is available in most other operating systems. Because of the limitations in the Windows command prompt, users have been forced to use the GUI for inappropriate tasks, or even to write custom programs to perform simple tasks that CMD should have been able to handle.

Are you frustrated with the limitations of the CMD command line and batch scripting? Do you yearn for a real scripting language, and an integrated IDE and batch debugger? How about a Windows command processor that can do all of that, and still run your existing CMD prompt commands and batch files?

Take Command is our flagship product. For 28 years, JP Software has been helping programmers, system administrators, technical support professionals, and advanced users save time and money, and cure their Windows command prompt frustrations. Take Command offers a new approach to working in Windows, bringing users the power of the command line and the ease of use of the Windows GUI. Take Command includes a complete CMD replacement command shell that provides you with a vastly better Windows command line UI, and thousands of features that are not available in CMD (or even in those vaunted Linux shells).

Benefits: Windows command prompt commands

  • Take Command combines the power of the command line with the ease of use of Explorer. You can manipulate files in the tabbed command prompt windows and graphically see the results.
  • Take Command is compatible with your existing Windows command prompt commands and CMD batch files, while adding thousands of new features. (And Take Command runs your CMD batch files faster than CMD!)
  • The integrated and familiar environment means you are immediately more productive with your interactive command prompt and batch file programming tasks.
  • The consistent command prompt commands syntax reduces your learning and development time.
  • The comprehensive help (including context-sensitive popup help for command line commands syntax), speeds your development time and reduces syntax errors.
  • Create and debug your batch scripts in a fraction of the time with the integrated editor and batch file debugger.
  • It's fast - 20-200% faster at displaying output than the standard CMD command prompt.
  • Take Command is fully customizable, including multiple themes, colors, menus, toolbars, and windows.
  • You can redefine your commands through aliasing, create new commands and functions for your regular tasks, and assign frequently used commands to a single keystroke.
  • The user interface is available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. (Online help is currently in English only.)

Take Command Features

  • You can run multiple command prompts and GUI applications simultaneously in tabbed windows, including our own Take Command Console (TCC), CMD, bash and PowerShell.
  • The integrated file explorer allows you to examine directories and drag and drop files to the tabbed command prompt windows.
  • The programmable tabbed toolbar lets you create up to 20 tabs with up to 50 toolbar buttons on each. Toolbar buttons can start new tabs or windows, or send commands or text to existing tabs.
  • The TCC scripting language is a massive superset of the CMD command prompt commands, with 238 internal commands, 388 internal functions, and 298 system variables. Almost all of the CMD command prompt commands (e.g. DIR, COPY, DEL, DIR, START, etc.) are enhanced with hundreds of additional options, and TCC adds more than 190 new commands. Take Command can usually do in one or two lines what requires dozens of lines with Windows CMD commands (if it can do it at all).
  • Most interactive commands (such as COPY, DIR, DEL, MOVE, etc.) have command dialogs that allow you to select filenames and options and see your command line before executing it. The most powerful Windows command processor is also the easiest to use!
  • Take Command includes the best text and binary file viewer available for Windows, including bidirectional scrolling, hex listings, fixed and floating rulers, grid lines, extensive searching and printing features, and much more.
  • Select or exclude files by date, time, size, owner, description, and extended wildcards or regular expressions for extraordinary flexibility in file management.
  • Specify multiple filenames for most file processing command prompt commands (i.e., COPY, DEL, DIR, MOVE, etc.). (COPY even supports multiple targets as well as multiple sources.)
  • The scripting language includes a complete set of flow control structures including IF-Then-Else, DO and FOR loops, SWITCH, subroutines, batch libraries, etc.
  • Create and debug your batch scripts with the integrated graphical IDE. The IDE includes tabbed edit windows and a sophisticated debugger with single stepping, breakpoints, syntax coloring, tooltips, bookmarks, tabbed variable and watch windows. Windows batch file programming has never been easier or more powerful!
  • The built-in screen scrollback buffer lets you review or print command line output from past commands, and find text in any tabbed window.
  • You have multiple types of redirection, including redirecting and piping to STDERR, "here-document" and "here-string" redirection, and TEE and Y pipe fittings.
  • Browse command line and directory history, filename and directory completion, and use numerous cut and paste options (even with Windows command line applications that have no internal cut and paste support) with the advanced line editor.
  • Customize filename completion for any internal or external command or alias. This allows Take Command to intelligently select and display filenames based on the command line you are entering.
  • The optional command prompt input window (with full undo/redo) allows you to create and edit commands before sending them to the active tabbed command line windows.
  • Send keystrokes to tabbed windows, command prompt windows, or GUI windows .
  • Find any directory on your system by entering only part of its name with extended directory searches.
  • You can access FTP, TFTP and HTTP (including SSL and SSH) directories and files in all command line file-handling commands (COPY, DEL, MOVE, etc.).
  • Send SMTP, SMPP, and SNPP messages from your batch files or the command line.
  • Take Command includes internal compression and extraction commands and variables for BZIP2, GZIP, JAR, TAR, ZIP, and 7ZIP files.
  • Monitor your system's hardware and software events, and execute commands when an event is triggered. You can monitor the clipboard, directory changes event logs, network connections, processes, services, and USB and Firewire connections.
  • Easily query the WMI (Windows Management Interface) to retrieve system configuration information.
  • Expand your scripts with the internal support for PowerShell, LuaPerl, REXX, Python, Tcl/tk, and any Active Scripting language. You can even combine multiple languages in your batch scripts.
  • Create your own variables or commands with plugins, or use one of the many third-party plugin libraries.
  • And many thousands more -- see our online help for all the details.

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Take Command is compatible with any 32 or 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7, 2008R2, Windows 8 and 2012, and Windows 10 and 2016. Take Command is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.