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Windows 10 In Depth by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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30. Command-Line and Automation Tools

Command-Line Tools

It might seem odd that in a book about the latest and greatest Windows operating system, we would devote an entire chapter encouraging you to use the text-based command-line world, turn your back on 40 years of software advancement, and choose to work in an environment that is proudly stuck in the 1970s. Well, we’ll let you in on a little secret: The keyboard is mightier than the mouse—and a lot faster.

Why is that so? As many power users and experienced administrators already know, it’s usually much faster to type a few letters to do a job than to take your hands off the keyboard and poke around at endless menus and screens with a mouse or your fingertip. In almost every Windows configuration, ...

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