Upgrading Your Windows CMD Command Prompt Commands
It's time to replace your old Windows CMD command prompt!
Take Command is a comprehensive interactive GUI and command line toolset that makes using your command prompt commands easier and far more powerful. Take Command includes optional Explorer-style integration, tabbed console windows, major enhancements to standard CMD commands such as COPY, DEL, and DIR, 200+ internal commands, superior command line editing, and thousands of other features -- including the best file viewer available for Windows.
In addition, Take Command is a powerful batch file programming tool, offering extensions such as DO loops, error and exception handling, SWITCH statements, subroutines, system monitoring, internal FTP and HTTP support, an integrated IDE with a sophisticated editor and batch debugger, more than 640 built-in variables and functions, and a wide range of third-party plugins.
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Take Command combines the power of multiple tabbed command prompts with the ease of use of Explorer. You can manipulate files from command prompts and immediately see the results graphically.
The integrated file explorer allows you to examine directories and drag and drop files to the tabbed command prompt windows.
The Take Command programmable tabbed toolbar lets you create up to 50 toolbar buttons on each of up to 20 tabs. Toolbar buttons can send commands or text to existing tabs, or start new tabs or windows.
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!
The scripting language includes a complete set of flow control structures including IF-Then-Else, DO and FOR loops, SWITCH, subroutines, batch libraries, etc.
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, MOVE, etc.). (COPY even supports multiple targets as well as multiple sources.)
You can redefine your command prompt commands with aliasing, create new commands and functions for your regular tasks, and assign frequently used commands to a single keystroke.
The built-in screen scrollback buffer lets you review or print command line output from past commands, and find text in any tabbed window.
Take Command provides a complete set of redirection options, including redirecting and piping to STDERR, "in process" pipes, "here-document" and "here-string" redirection, and TEE and Y pipe fittings.
Browse your interactive command line and directory history, filename and directory completion, and employ 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 prompt input edit window (with full undo/redo) allows you to create and edit commands before sending them to the active tabbed command prompt windows.
Send keystrokes to Take Command tabbed windows, console command prompt windows, or GUI windows.
Take Command includes the best text and hex file viewer available for Windows, including bidirectional scrolling, hex listings, rulers, grid lines, extensive searching and printing features, and much more.
Find any directory on your system by entering only part of its name with extended wildcard directory searches.
Take Command includes internal compression and extraction commands and variables for ZIP, 7ZIP, TAR, and GZIP files.
You can access FTP, TFTP and HTTP (including SSL and SSH) directories and files in command prompt commands (COPY, DEL, MOVE, etc.).
Monitor your system's hardware and software events, and execute commands when an event is triggered. You can monitor directory changes, the clipboard, event logs, network connections, processes, Windows services, and USB and Firewire connections.
Easily query the WMI to retrieve system configuration information.
Expand your scripts with the internal support for Lua, Perl, REXX, Python, Tcl/tk, and any Active Scripting language.
Create your own variables or commands with plugins, or use the many third-party plugin libraries.
And many thousands more -- see our online help for all the details.
"Take Command is an excellent tool for anyone who regularly has to interact with the Windows command line (You know, that little window with the "C:\" prompt). For our purposes, being able to open up multiple command shells in a tabbed window, flip between them, and easily edit commands to be sent to said windows was more than enough, but the real heart of Take Command lies in its enhancements to the weak Windows batch scripting language ..."