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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:


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.

Replace cmd with Console2

Scott Hanselman has a great post on how to set up a better cmd, powershell, and vscommand all-in-one console with separate tabs.  The upgraded console lets you copy & paste like a normal person, let’s you set default directories, and even resizes in both directions! Here’s my setup in retro green-on-black. (Notice the cmd, Powershell, and VSCommand icons in the tabs)


Here’s how you do it:

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