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

To copy text from an MS-DOS window, highlight the text you want to copy. Once the text has been highlighted, right-click the selected text and click copy, click the text with your right button, or press CTRL + C.

Can't highlight text

If you're unable to highlight text in the window, right-click on the title bar and click Properties; in the Properties window, click the Options tab, and check the "QuickEdit Mode" and click the Ok button.

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.