In this series I occasionally (yes, too occasionally) writing about small useful advices, which are answers for my colleagues, students and sometimes customers. It does no matter if you as administrator like work with command line or PowerShell tools or not. Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to work with one or both of those tools. When I create new machine for my new experimental stuff just few days ago, one of necessary personalization things which I always do, is changing standard colours (especially for command line) for my favourite.

First part of this post will be about classic command line. So by default cmd window looks that:

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It’s annoying for me, especially with appearence (i meant colours and font). Everything what I need for change how cmd look is under: right click cmd icon > properties > colours (for colors) and/or fonts (for size and type of fonts):

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With chancging colurs we can change background and text colours ans same for pop-ups. For fonts we can change default settings for Consolas or Lucida Console and of course size. After changes my cmd look like I want:

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The only problem is with posision and windows size especially if I expect more information (like after ipconfig /all command). So one more plece for configuration is right click cmd icon > properties > layout where I can change size and position for my cmd window:

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After some experiments which position and size is ideal for me, and after unchecking let system position window I have my final result:

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First part of this post will be about PowerShell. So by default PowerShell windows looks that:

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More and more annoying than cmd, especially that upper bar for PowerShell window is hidden under Windows Taskbar (yes I use Windows Task Bar on upper screen position and it’s not standard choice). Because colours of PowerShell are like they should be, I just made small change with the fonts and PowerShell window size and position. Final result look like I want:

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And finally when I use both tools together (or just both windows are open) I can easly switch (by mice instead of Alt+TAB) between windows.

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