How to Copy and Paste MS-DOS Text

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If you are using the "Command Prompt" window, it can be helpful to copy and paste MS-DOS text. For example, you might need to email your IT professional with the information. These steps will show you how to copy and paste MS-DOS text using the mouse.


Click "Start" and then "Run." The "Run" dialog box will appear. In the "Open" box, type "cmd" and click "OK." The "Command Prompt" window will open.


Right click the title bar of the "Command Prompt" window. Click "Properties." The "Command Prompt Properties" dialog box will appear.


Click the "Options" tab. Under "Edit Options" select the "QuickEdit Mode" check box, and then click "OK."


The "Apply Properties" dialog box will appear. Click "Apply Properties to Current Window Only" if you want to limit using QuickEdit mode to your current window. Click "Save Properties for Future Windows with Same Title" if you wish to be able to use the QuickEdit mode every time.


Click "OK."


Use your mouse to select the text you want to copy. Right click the title bar, point to "Edit," then choose "Copy." Paste the text into a Windows-based program such as Notepad or Word.

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