Opening Windows Console Windows
Here is a suggestion for how you can open console windows that are configured to suit your needs.
Let’s assume that you use an adequate file manager, like Total Commander, that includes a command line which operates in the currently active directory.
Let’s also assume that you have set up a directory for your little tools (for instance
c:\mytools) and have included it in the system path.
Now, the obvious way to open a console window is to type
cmd into Total Commander’s command line, but the drawback is that some things are difficult
or even impossible to configure at the system level.
For instance: I want a minimalist command line prompt (simply
>), but I also want to see the drive and path when I open a console window;
also, I want to be able to easily configure and edit a few other default settings.
This is my solution:
Create two cmd files,
~cmd.cmd (you can give them any names you like) which you put in your
This construct keeps the console window open after the configuration cmd file has been executed.
rem opens console window, calls configuration cmd file
cmd /k ~cmd.cmd
rem to be called from cm.cmd
rem configures console window,
rem clears screen and displays current directory.
rem adapt to your own needs
Adapt this configuration batch file acccording to your needs and preferences.
And from now on, open your console windows by typing
cm instead of
You can still use
cmd as before, of course (and you can also add
cm.cmd to Total Commander’s start menu, and give it an icon on the button bar …)
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