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Resizing is one of the biggest problems I face with the default Windows command prompt. Are there are any free/open source alternatives available?

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You should consider learning Powershell and use Powershell ISE. ;-) –  Tom Wijsman Sep 4 '09 at 11:31

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ColorConsole is my 'Windows “cmd” Replacement' of choice (actually it's just a GUI wrapper around cmd.exe, not a replacement in the strict sense).

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Features:

Favorites commands

Export to HTML and RTF

Copy,Paste,Cut...

Change font style and color

Tabbed Interface with multi cmd.exe

Fast folder switch

and of course it is resizeable to your likings :)

ColorConsole is freeware and portable.

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gotte love these downvoters who don't have the courtesy (or is it guts?) to leave a comment. maybe they're just of severely limited intellectual prowess and thus not worth my while, whatever ... –  Molly7244 Sep 4 '09 at 12:47
    
seems a bit bloated to me. Export to HTML? and why the extra command toolbar when the entire window is a command shell? –  hasenj Sep 8 '09 at 13:02
    
i wouldn't consider some 190 kilobytes of code a bloated piece of software. and why not export to HTML/RTF? it's perfect if you need to post/print/keep records of certain commands/results (e.g. netstat, ping, ipconfig /all, to name but a few), unless you prefer the good old screenshot ... but then, everyone to their own. :) –  Molly7244 Sep 8 '09 at 14:25
    
+1, Molly. Because It's free, because it adds lots of features, because you answered the question like everyone else and because downvoters can't win! –  A Dwarf Sep 17 '09 at 0:26
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-1 It doesn't even support tab for auto-completion... –  CyberSnoopy Oct 26 '09 at 4:47

Sorry for the self-promotion, I'm the author of another free and open source Console Emulator, not mentioned here.

ConEmu is opensource console emulator with tabs, which represents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window.

Initially, the program was designed to work with Far Manager (my favorite shell replacement - file and archive management, command history and completion, powerful editor). But ConEmu can be used with any other console application or simple GUI tools (like PuTTY for example). ConEmu is a live project, open to suggestions.

A brief excerpt from the long list of options:

  • Use any font installed in the system, or copied to a folder of the program (ttf, otf, fon, bdf)
  • Run selected tabs as Administrator (Vista+) or as selected user
  • Windows 7 Jump lists and Progress on taskbar
  • Integration with DosBox (useful in 64bit systems to run DOS applications)
  • Smooth resize, maximized and fullscreen window modes
  • Scrollbar initially hidden, may be revealed by mouseover or checkbox in settings
  • Optional settings (e.g. pallette) for selected applications
  • User friendly text and block selection (from keyboard or mouse), copy, paste, text search in console
  • ANSI X3.64 and Xterm 256 color
  • In last alpha buld (120802) was added split-screen feature (first try, may be buggy)

Far Manager users will acquire shell style drag-n-drop, thumbnails and tiles in panles, tabs for editors and viewers, true colors and font styles (italic/bold/underline).

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If you right click on the title bar you can get to a properties dialog where you can control the fonts, window size and colours etc.

And as Alex points out you can apply the settings to all future command windows, not just the current window.

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And when you've done that, apply the settings to all windows, not just the current window. That way, the settings become permanent. –  alex Sep 4 '09 at 10:34

console2 is an open-source console window enhancement.

Note that it's not technically a replacement for cmd.exe as it still uses it in the back to do the real work. Actually it can be configured to use other shells such as bash or powershell.

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The intuitive "mode" command lets you change the size:

mode 250,80

just about fills my 1680x1050 screen. You could have a batch file that says

cmd.exe /k "mode 250,80"

and launch from there.

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HKCR\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor\Autorun –  grawity Sep 4 '09 at 12:39
    
ooh, brilliant, thanks for that :) –  Phoshi Sep 4 '09 at 12:49
    
Never heard of that switch –  Daniel A. White Sep 4 '09 at 13:01
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if you do a cmd /? it'll give you a lovely array of fancy things it can do :) –  Phoshi Sep 4 '09 at 13:34
    
i wonder why only cmd.exe is not resizable to fullscreen on Windows Vista!! –  Lazer Sep 16 '09 at 22:37

It is not cmd you want to replace, it is the console itself. cmd.exe is like /bin/bash - reads commands, prints output. Windows Console is like xterm - displays everything inside a window. These two are independent of each other.

I like "console".

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Been using 4NT and Take Command from jpsoftware.com for years and years, that is, when I'm on Windows.

Otherwise, it is "the one true shell" - tcsh!

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Indeed. TC is one excellent console for windows. –  A Dwarf Sep 17 '09 at 0:23
    
sad it's not free. –  CyberSnoopy Oct 26 '09 at 4:58

TCC/LE is a free compatible replacement for CMD, and works very nicely within Console2.

TCC/LE

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@lambdor: I reverted your edit, as I don't think TCC/LE is a wrapper for CMD. It is an independent replacement shell as far as I can see. Console2 is a wrapper. –  paradroid Sep 5 '11 at 11:33

You can use FireCMD shell. Its a cool cmd.exe replacement - FireCMD vs CMD.exe Comparision. Also it has a console emulator environment which allows you to run, cmd.exe, powershell, cygwin, bash shell and all other command line apps in multi-tabbed GUI. It also has a text editor.

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i used console 2, powercmd and colorconsole but neither of them can run most of the external commands, like connecting to another computer using telnet or searching within output by piping to find and sadly, as far as i know there is no way to fullscreen console applications in 64-bit editions of windows, even if you disable your graphic card driver

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