Small Tip: Using #Console2 With #PowerShell

Lately I have been doing more stuff on the Console as getting to Ruby and messing a bit with Git and stuff.

Generally speaking the default Windows Command Prompt is really fine for my needs, but I sure would love to see more possibilities. PowerShell was a great scripting / tooling addition but not much of “Editor” / “Environment” improvement. PowerShell ISE (integrated Scripting Environment) is really so nice and powerful, but it doesn’t feel exactly like my usual Console. I tried Console2 and was really impressed with how similar and different it is in the same time.

Surely, it didn’t mean I have to lose PowerShell features in there!

Get Console2

Just grab it from http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/files/console-devel/.

By the time of writing v 2.0 was the latest. I just went to that folder and got the latest Zip in there. Yeah. No install, just a Zip file, so, you may need to make a shortcut for it on your own and / or place it in somewhere that’s already in your Windows ENVIRONMENT variables.

Find the Path To PowerShell

The way I did it was go to Start menu, type in PowerShell in the search box, and right click the PowerShell icon, and choose Properties.

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Then as you saw me do in many other posts, just copy the “Target” value:

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Keep that value somewhere. We’ll need it.

Configure Console2

Now open Console2, Edit menu, “Settings…”

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Then in the Settings “Console” section, set the value for “Shell” to the value you copied in previous steps.

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Press OK, then the very left icon in toolbar to get new tab.

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We get our PowerShell prompt as expected!

 

Pretty easy, ha?

 

P.S.

I realize the default font doesn’t look too good. In Settings, you can go to “Appearance” section, Font –> Name, press the “…” button next to that (not the “Size” text box in there. It will not work). and change the font name and size in there.

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