How do I copy and paste in an MS-DOS window?

When using MS-DOS in Windows it may be necessary to copy text from the MS-DOS window or paste text from a browser or other window into the MS-DOS window. Below is additional information about how to do this.

Copy text from an MS-DOS window

If QuickEdit Mode is enabled you can copy from an MS-DOS window by highlighting the text you want to copy and then right-click again to copy the highlighted text. Once the text has been copied it can be pasted into any other window.

Copy and paste in a command line windowQuick copy and paste using Mark

If QuickEdit Mode is not enabled you can still copy and paste by following the steps below.

  1. Right-click anywhere in the window
  2. Click Mark
  3. Highlight what you want to copy and then right-click again to copy the text.
  4. Once the text has been copied it can be pasted anywhere. If you want to paste in the Command Prompt right-click in the window and select Paste.

Enabling QuickEdit Mode

If you need to copy and paste frequently QuickEdit Mode can be enabled by following the steps below.

  1. Right-click on the title bar and click Properties.
  2. In the Properties window, click the Options tab or if you see the QuickEdit Mode checkbox select it and click Ok.

Windows will prompt you how you want to apply the new changes. If you want to always have this option available (recommended), select "Save properties for future windows with same title" and click Ok.

Paste text into an MS-DOS window

To paste text, click your right mouse button and select Paste.