Upgrading 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 Windows File Explorer integration, tabbed console windows, major enhancements to standard CMD commands such as COPY, DIR, MOVE and REN, 255+ internal commands, command dialogs to simplify selecting options, command line syntax coloring, powerful editing and cut and paste options, and thousands of other features -- including the best file viewer available for Windows.

In addition, Take Command is a powerful batch file programming tool, featuring an integrated IDE with a sophisticated editor and batch debugger. Take Command includes extensions such as regular expressions, DO loops, error and exception handling, SWITCH statements, libraries and subroutines, system and event monitoring, internal FTP and HTTP support (including SSL), more than 760 built-in variables and functions, and a wide range of third-party plugins.



Benefits - Windows CMD command prompt replacement

  • 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.
  • Take Command is a complete Windows command prompt replacement. Take Command is compatible with your existing CMD commands and batch files, while adding thousands of new features.
  • The integrated and familiar environment means you are immediately more productive when using command prompts and programming batch files.
  • The consistent command prompt commands syntax reduces learning and development time.
  • Interactive command dialogs allow you to select command options without having to memorize hundreds of options.
  • It's fast - 20-200% faster at displaying output than standard Windows CMD command prompts.
  • The comprehensive help speeds your development time and reduces syntax errors.
  • Create and debug your batch scripts in a fraction of the time with the integrated batch files editor and debugger.
  • The user interface is available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. (The online help is only in English.)
  • Take Command is fully customizable, including themes, colors, menus, toolbars, and windows (docked or floating).

Features - Command Prompt Commands

  • You can run multiple 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 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.
  • The TCC command and scripting language is a massive superset of the CMD command prompt commands, with 259 internal commands, more than 420 internal functions, and 340+ system variables. Almost all of the CMD command prompt commands (e.g. DIR, COPY, DEL, START, etc.) are substantially enhanced with hundreds of additional options, and TCC adds more than 210 new commands. Take Command can usually do in one or two lines what requires dozens of lines in CMD (if it can do it at all).
  • Most interactive commands (such as COPY, DIR, DEL, MOVE, START 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.
  • Create and debug your batch scripts with the integrated graphical IDE The IDE includes tabbed edit windows and a sophisticated debugger with syntax coloring, single stepping, breakpoints, tooltips, bookmarks, and tabbed variable and watch windows. Windows batch file programming has never been easier or more powerful!
  • 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.
  • The TCC command prompt supports syntax and directory colorization, undo and redo, browsing your command line and directory history, filename and directory completion, and numerous cut and paste options (even with console applications that have no internal cut and paste support).
  • 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.
  • Record and playback keyboard and mouse macros.
  • 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.
  • TCC includes internal compression and extraction commands and variables for ZIP, 7ZIP, TAR, JAR, BZIP 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 PowerShellLuaPerl, 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.


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Take Command is compatible with any version of Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 11, Server 2016, Server 2019, and Server 2022.

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Take Command Reviews (3)

"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 ..."

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