A highly requested feature is the ability to use copy and paste keyboard shortcuts when in a Windows 10 Bash prompt. As of Windows Insider build 17643, this feature is now available as a setting in the Windows Command Prompt.

While the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V keyboard shortcuts already work in the Windows 10 Command Prompt, once you entered a Bash prompt, these keyboard shortcuts would stop working.  This occurs because the Windows Subsystem for Linux uses a different keyboard input mode, which did not have the ability to “translate copy and paste key chords into the VT sequences expected by *NIX tools, shells, etc.”.

First noticed by Windows sleuth WalkingCat, this feature request is now available in the latest Redstone 5 skip ahead build. When you go into a Windows Command Prompt properties you will now see a setting labeled “Use Ctrl+Shift+C/V as Copy/Paste” that has a description of “Use Ctrl+Shift+C/V as copy/paste shortcuts, regardless of input mode”. 

Command Prompt Properties with New Setting
Command Prompt Properties with New Setting

This setting is unchecked by default, but if you enable it you will be able to use the Ubuntu style copy (Ctrl+Shift+C) and paste (Ctrl+Shift+V) keyboard shortcuts.  Once enabled, Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V will work in both the Windows Command Prompt and in a console WSL Bash prompt.

To set this feature as a default setting every time you open the Windows Command prompt, you can set it in the Command Prompt’s Defaults screen so that it is enabled every time you open a console.