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I'm running Win7 and have Powershell docked on my taskbar. When I launch it from there, it retains all of my color and font settings from the last time I used it. I have two questions. First, if I try to run PS from a batch script just by using:


it will launch with all of the system default settings (white on black, tiny text).

Second, what do I need to add to the command to launch PS and have it start in a specific directory?

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You can view the current console properties with (Get-Host).UI.RawUI

To change them you can cut and paste this, for example:

$a = (Get-Host).UI.RawUI
$a.BackgroundColor = "white"
$a.ForegroundColor = "black"
Set-Location C:\foo

(You can actually copy the above script and paste it in directly, where it will execute line-by-line, which is a pretty cool thing about PowerShell)

If you save it to...


$home\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1 will execute every time you start PowerShell in that user account.

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