Upgrade Your Windows Command Prompt / Windows CMD Command Line
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 File Explorer-style integration, tabbed console windows, major enhancements to standard Windows CMD commands such as COPY, DEL, MOVE, SET, and START, and adds 170+ new commands, vastly improved command line editing and 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 640 built-in variables and functions.
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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 25 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 command prompt commands (or even in those vaunted Linux shells).
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.
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.
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 GZIP, 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 Lua, Perl, 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.
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.
Command prompt commands offer many advantages to any user wanting to save time, expand their control and/or to automate their tasks. Unfortunately, Windows command prompt commands have always been woefully lacking in ability compared to the command line commands available in most other operating systems. Because of the limitations in the Windows command prompt commands, users have been forced to use the GUI for inappropriate tasks, or even to write custom programs to perform simple tasks that Windows command prompt commands should have been able to handle.
JP Software hosts active online support, tips, and suggestions forums for Take Command and TCC/LE.
"Ditch cmd.exe. It’s ugly, limited, has hardly been updated in 20 yrs, and is just a pain. If you ever use the command prompt, you owe it to yourself to get a much better shell. Take Command is awesome powerful. Far beyond other cmd.exe replacements. I’ve used it practically daily for 15+ yrs and love it ..."