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I have a ConEmu {Task} that opens several tabs, each to a different directory. The trouble is, these tabs all have the same name and are hard to tell apart. I know I can rename each tab by right-clicking it and selecting rename*, but is there a way of renaming each one automatically via the task configuration?

It would be super-handy being able to:

a) specify a custom title;
b) specify a variable title using the current directory.

(*what is the Apps+R shortcut, btw? I've never come across the Apps key before.)

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WinUser.h -> #define VK_APPS 0x5D. May be you come across this as Menu? :-P – Maximus Aug 8 '12 at 17:15
Provide a contents of your {Task} – Maximus Aug 8 '12 at 17:17
Here's is the task config: and here is what it looks like when I launch it from the ConEmu menu: – Charles Roper Aug 8 '12 at 17:58
Re. Menu I don't have one of those either. I've just got a standard UK keyboard (from Dell). EDIT: yes I do! It's the key next to the right Ctrl. – Charles Roper Aug 8 '12 at 18:00
The Apps key has a menu symbol on it. Take a look: – Charles Roper Aug 8 '12 at 18:16
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1) Modify contents of your task. Example:

>cmd /c RenameTab "Tab1" & tcc cdd C:\temp
cmd /k RenameTab "Tab2" & cd /d D:\
cmd /c RenameTab "Tab3" & stermc charlesr ...

And so on... Supposing, that %ConEmuBaseDir% exists in %PATH%. This can be done automatically with last ConEmu versions (option on ComSpec settings page).

More short and preferable alternative is available in build 121109 or higher

>tcc cdd C:\temp "-new_console:t:Tab1"
cmd /k cd D:\ "-new_console:t:Tab2"
stermc charles "-new_console:t:Tab3"

2) As for CD in title, you may use usual method. This works for cmd and tcc consoles. Example:

tcc prompt $E]2;"$P"$E\$P$G & cdd D:\
cmd prompt $E]2;"$P"$E\$P$G & cd /d D:\

Don't use 1 and 2 simultaneously. RenameTab has precedence!

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Wow, I didn't think it was possible - thank you. Having said that, 2) isn't working for me - it doesn't change the tab name. Could you possibly show what it should look like in your {Tasks} config? – Charles Roper Aug 9 '12 at 7:38
Note! prompt $E]2;"$P"$E\$P$G change console title, not rename tab. Rename tab has priority. – Maximus Aug 9 '12 at 7:41
+1 thanks for the tip – rsenna Aug 10 '12 at 14:20
New switch introduced, answer updated. – Maximus Nov 12 '12 at 18:15
Awesome, thanks! – Anmol Saraf Feb 23 at 22:16

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