If you want to be able to ctrl-c/v to copy-paste in Octave, ditch the Octave.exe command window and download the open source Console2 from SourceForge.

Follow Scott Hanselman’s instructions for installing Console2:

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Console2ABetterWindowsCommandPrompt.aspx

Once you’ve installed Console2, here’s how you add an Octave window:

  1. Open Settings (right-click on the window and go to File, then Settings), then go to Tabs, and Add a new tab.
  2. Change the new tab’s title to Octave.
  3. Set the Icon to the Octave icon (e.g. the default location would be C:\Octave\3.2.4_gcc-4.4.0\bin\octave.ico).
  4. Set the Shell to the Octave exe (e.g. the default location would be C:\Octave\3.2.4_gcc-4.4.0\bin\octave-3.2.4.exe)
  5. Set the Startup dir to your homework project folder (such as C:\stanford_machine_learning\mlclass-ex1).

That’s it! Now in your Console2 window, go to File, New Tab, Octave and you’re off and running.

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