Copy and Paste arrives for Linux/WSL Consoles

As of Windows 10 Insider build #17643, you can copy/paste text from/to Linux/WSL Consoles!!!

We know that this is a feature MANY of you have been waiting for - our sincerest thanks for your patience & continued support while we untangled the Console's internals, allowing us to implement this feature.

To ensure that we don't break any existing behaviors, you'll need to enable the "Use Ctrl+Shift+C/V as Copy/Paste" option in the Console "Options" properties page:

With the new copy & paste option selected, you'll be able to copy and paste text using [CTRL] + [SHIFT] + [C|V] respectively.

Note: This setting can be set independently for each shell or shortcut: If you pin your shortcuts to your favorite shells (e.g. Cmd/PowerShell/Linux) to your task bar, and modify the properties of Consoles launched via these shortcuts, your settings will only be made to the affected shortcuts. If you later launch the same shell via the Start menu, or the run dialog, your settings will not be found as they'll have been saved to your pinned shortcuts, not your Start menu tiles/shortcuts, or registry settings.

Please let us know how you get on with this feature If you find any issues, please lookup/post issues on our GitHub issues repo. If you have other feature asks, please find & upvote, or post them on our UserVoice

Comments (14)

  1. VinceFab says:

    Unfortunately this change apparently didn’t make it into the spring ’18 update, because I just applied the update today and this option isn’t there. 🙁

    1. The Win10 Spring 2018 Update Win10 April 2018 Update was build 17134.

      As per the post, this feature shows up in Windows 10 Insider build #17643 or later, and will soon be available in an Insider Fast Ring build.

  2. Where does one find the Console “Options” properties page?

    1. Right click in the title bar to the right of the tab. The Shell team are working on improving this experience in up-coming builds.

  3. Zeal Li says:

    Cannot find the “Use Ctrl+Shift+C/V as Copy/Paste” option under Win10 build 17134 … Why?

    1. Because, as the announcement post points out, you need to be running Insiders build 17643 or higher:

  4. HarryAdney says:

    How can I copy a project folder from a drive on Windows to www in apache2 using WSL?


    1. Since you can access your Windows filesystem under `/mnt//path`, you should just be able to use `cp` or `rsync` or whatever, right?

  5. Was this included in the October 2018 update? The version was supposed to be 17763 for that release from what I can tell. I only just discovered the WSL feature and it’s super awesome, aside from the lack of copy/paste. 😛

  6. Fmstrat says:

    How are you running multiple tabs in WSL Ubuntu? My menu bar looks just like cmd.exe?

    1. This screenshot was taken when the “Sets and Tabs” feature prototype was enabled in internal and insider builds. Note – Sets and Tabs were removed some time ago:

  7. J_C0521 says:

    I have the version 1803 and
    lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS
    Release: 18.04
    Codename: bionic

    First I can not see the “Used Ctrl+Shift+C/V as Copy/paste”

    the other check boxs are exactly same as the picture upper.
    and my ubuntu has bit different than other people.
    it is with circle as background and orange inside for the logo of ubuntu

    I still can not use ctrl+c/v for as short key… every time i use ctrl key it works just like vi in ubuntu…

    1. Windows Console isn’t a Linux feature – it’s a Windows feature. The new copy & paste support was first added in Windows 10 Insider build #17643, and was included in the 1809 general OS update. If you don’t see these checkboxes, I am guessing you’re still running Win10 1803 or earlier. You should now (or very soon) be able to upgrade to 1809 whereupon you’ll see the additional checkbox.

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