Upgrading Windows 7 Command Prompt Commands / Windows 7 CMD

Bring your Windows 7 command line into the 21st century!

Take Command is a comprehensive interactive GUI and Windows 7 command prompt toolset that makes your command prompt easier to use and far more powerful. Take Command displays all of your Windows 7 console applications in tabbed windows, with an optional Windows Explorer-like interface available for those times when you need a visual look at your files and folders. And Take Command adds a batch file IDE and debugger to simplify your batch file programming.

Take Command is a superset of the Windows 7 command prompt commands and syntax, so you're immediately more productive. Take Command includes hundreds of enhancements to Windows 7 command prompt commands such as COPY, DIR, and START, 200 internal commands, and over 620 variables and functions. Take Command adds vastly improved line editing, including multiple cut and paste options and programmable filename completion, and thousands of other features you won't find in CMD (or any other Windows command shell).

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Are you are looking for information on Windows 7 command line commands and how to save time, expand your abilities, and extend your control over over your computer?You’ve found an important tool that will save you many hours of time and lots of frustration.

Take Command is the most flexible and powerful Windows command shell available anywhere.

Benefits of the Take Command Windows 7 command prompt

  • Combine the power of the command line with the ease of use of Explorer. You can manipulate files at the Windows 7 command prompt and see the results immediately in a GUI window. Or drag and drop files into tabbed windows (including command line apps), other applications, or the desktop.
  • Take Command is fully customizable, including multiple themes, colors, menus, toolbars, and windows.
  • Take Command is compatible with your existing Windows 7 command prompt commands and batch files, while adding thousands of new features. You're immediately more productive with Take Command, and you can learn and add new features at your own pace.
  • Save hours of development time creating and debugging your batch scripts with the integrated editor and batch file debugger.
  • It's fast - 20-200% faster at displaying command line output than the standard Windows command line, saving you time.
  • Take Command runs your existing CMD batch files -- faster than CMD!
  • Be immediately more productive with your interactive prompt and batch file programming tasks thanks to the integrated and familiar environment.
  • Reduce your learning and development time with the consistent command syntax.
  • Speed your development time and reduce syntax errors with the comprehensive help (including context-sensitive popup syntax help).
  • The user interface is available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. (Online help is currently only available in English.)

Take Command: Features for the Windows 7 command line

  • You can run multiple Windows 7 command line 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 console windows.
  • 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 output from past commands, and search for text in any tab window.
  • Use the programmable tabbed toolbar to 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 windows.
  • The TCC scripting language is an extensive superset of the Windows 7 CMD commands, with 200 internal commands (compared to about 36 in the Windows 7 CMD), 338  internal functions, and 272 system variables. Almost all of the Windows 7 command prompt commands (e.g. COPY, DEL, DIR, START, etc.) are enhanced with hundreds of additional options. Take Command can usually do in one or two lines what requires dozens of lines in CMD (if it can do it at all).
  • The scripting language includes a complete set of flow control structures including IF-Then-Else, DO and FOR loops, SWITCH, subroutines, batch libraries, and much more.
  • Redefine your TCC commands with aliasing, create new commands and functions for your regular tasks, and assign frequently used commands to a single keystroke.
  • Create your own internal user-defined functions by combining variables, functions, and commands.
  • 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 commands (i.e., COPY, DEL, DIR, MOVE, etc.), or optionally the name of a file that contains the filename arguments. (COPY even supports multiple targets as well as multiple sources.)
  • Environment variable substitution is greatly enhanced, including nested variables, delayed expansion, indirect variables, multidimensional array variables, and direct access to the system, user, and volatile variables in the registry.
  • Use multiple types of redirection, including redirecting and piping to STDERR, "here-document" and "here-string" redirection, and TEE and Y pipe fittings.
  • Browse your command line and directory history, filename and directory completion, and use numerous cut and paste options (even with console 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 input window (with full undo / redo) allows you to create and edit commands before sending them to the active tabbed window (console or GUI).
  • Automate processes by sending keystrokes to any window (tabbed, console or GUI).
  • View your files with the built-in text and binary file viewer, including scrolling, search, and print capabilities.
  • Find any directory on your system by entering only part of its name with extended directory searches.
  • Colorize your TCC command line output with built-in ANSI x3.64 text support.
  • Take Command includes internal compression and extraction commands for GZIP, TAR, ZIP, and 7ZIP files.
  • 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.).
  • Monitor your system's hardware and software events, and execute commands when an event is triggered. You can monitor the clipboard, directory changes, clipboard, Windows event logs, network connections, Windows services, processes, and USB and Firewire connections.
  • Create your own variables or commands with plugins, or use the many third-party plugin libraries.
  • Internal support is included for Perl, Python, REXX, Ruby, Tcl/tk, and any Windows Active Scripting language.
  • And many thousands more -- see our online help for all the details

Learn more about the command line and Take Command.

Learn more about our solutions for Windows Batch Files, Windows Batch File Programming, CMD Replacement, Windows Consoles, and the Windows 7 Command Line.

Compare Take Command with other tabbed windows applications.

Take Command is compatible with any version of Windows Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2012, and Windows 10, including 64-bit versions. It requires a minimum of 40Mb of free disk space.

There are three editions of Take Command, so you can use the version that's perfect for your needs. See Comparing Take Command, TCC/LE, and CMD.

Not a professional but want to understand more about the Windows command line? Here is a quick overview:

Windows 7 command prompt commands are essential for advanced users, and the command line offers many advantages to any user wanting to automate their tasks.

The Windows7 "Command Prompt" shortcut is a console (character mode) session that runs the default Windows 7 CMD command processor (also called the "command shell"). The command shell usually runs in interactive mode, where the shell displays a prompt and waits for the user to enter a command and press return. The shell immediately interprets and executes the line, and then displays another prompt and waits for more input. If the user enters the name of a batch file, the command shell reads and interprets each line of the batch file until it reaches the end. The shell then displays another prompt and returns to interactive input.

Unfortunately, the default Windows 7 command prompt shell (CMD.EXE) is seriously limited in ability compared to the shells available in other operating systems such as Linux (which has bash, zsh, tcsh, etc.). And CMD and the Windows console haven't changed significantly since their first appearance in Windows NT 3.1 in 1993. Because of the limitations in CMD, users have often been forced to use the GUI for inappropriate tasks, or to write custom applications to perform simple tasks that the Windows shell should have been able to handle.

Take Command is our flagship product. For 25 years, JP Software has been helping advanced users, programmers, system administrators, and technical support professionals save time and money, and ease their command line frustrations. Take Command provides you with a vastly better UI and thousands of features that are not available in the Windows 7 CMD (or even in those Linux shells).

Take Command is also a powerful batch file programming tool, offering powerful extensions such as DO loops, error and exception handling, block-structured logic, an integrated IDE editor and a sophisticated batch debugger (with single stepping, breakpoints, syntax coloring, and watch windows), third-party plugins, and over 580 built-in variables and functions. Creating Windows 7 batch files is easier and much more efficient, with a wide variety of commands to automate your processes. Windows 7 batch file programming has never been easier or more powerful!

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