Friday, September 3, 2010

Enhance the Windows command line user experience with PowerCMD

Windows administrators are pretty familiar with the Windows command line, or CMD. But image even with Windows 7, CMD has not changed much since the release of Windows NT 4. You cannot cut and paste easily to or from the command line, you can’t really customize the display extensively, there is no history display for the input history. Also, the desktop gets cluttered easily when having more than 2 or 3 CMD windows open at once. Microsoft is pushing for the use of the Powershell command line or the Powershell Integrated Scripting Environment (Powershell ISE). But for now I just want to stick with the standard CMD. I was looking for something that helps to enhance the CMD user experience; This is when I found PowerCMD.
PowerCMD solves many of the common gripes with the command line in Windows and adds quite a few features. Some of my favorites are auto-complete while typing a command, a search filter for the input history, tabbed views and the allowance of multiple CMD windows inside of the program, and it integrates with the Windows shell (right-click wherever you are in Windows Explorer and PowerCMD will open a command line from that location). There are many more features in the app. I think this is an awesome tool to keep in your administrative arsenal. But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself? Did I mention PowerCMD is free? :)