The stock Windows command prompt (cmd.exe) is pretty limited–if you want to use a better font or copy text in lines instead of clunky rectangular blocks, you need something else. For Windows command-line utilities, PowerShell, and the VI Toolkit (for Windows), I have been using the open-source Console2 with much satisfaction. The tabbed interface is pretty cool:
If that looks interesting, here is what you do:
- Download Console2 (current version is 2.00 Beta, build 142); extract on your system somewhere
- Grab this file with icons and a replacement configuration file (console.xml); extract into the same location
- Make a shortcut to console.exe
- Multiple tabs can be opened during launch by adding -t to your shortcut target (e.g., -t Console2 -t “VI Toolkit”)
- Optional: fix your prompts
My configuration file has a few changes to the mouse behavior:
- Left – select + copy automatically
- Right – paste
- Middle – pop-up menu
If you prefer to not use my entire configuration file, just copy the applicable portions from the <tabs> element.
I hope you have enjoyed this slight diversion from the regular VCritical programming lineup. Thanks for reading.