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I have ~20 consoles that I don't want to see in my taskbar (which is already pretty full). At the moment I just build my app as window apps instead of console so I see nothing except the process in the process list (via task manager).

I like to see the console output once in a while. Is there an app I may use? Maybe something like linux screen would be nice.

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Its not quite clear what you are trying to convey. – AbhishekGirish Oct 24 '12 at 5:23
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Try ConEmu - Windows Console Emulator. I'm the author of it.

I suggest two ways to open bunch of tabs

  1. Use of "Task file". It is a plain text file, each line - one new tab. Sample batch file

    echo "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR%>%TEMP%\bunch.txt
    echo "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR%>>%TEMP%\bunch.txt
    echo "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR%>>%TEMP%\bunch.txt
    echo "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR%>>%TEMP%\bunch.txt
    start "" "C:\Program Files\ConEmu\ConEmu.exe" /cmd @%TEMP%\bunch.txt
  2. Another way use /single switch

    start "" "C:\Program Files\ConEmu\ConEmu.exe" /single /cmd "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR%
    start "" "C:\Program Files\ConEmu\ConEmu.exe" /single /cmd "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR%
    start "" "C:\Program Files\ConEmu\ConEmu.exe" /single /cmd "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR%
    start "" "C:\Program Files\ConEmu\ConEmu.exe" /single /cmd "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR%

PS. You can also open several consoles on one tab - SplitScreen. And you may start several tabs with several splits.

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I could have sworn i left a comment saying something similar to what i said to mark. I switch the build from windows to console and when i ran my startIt.bat from ConEmu it launched many console windows rather then have it in ConEmu using tabs. How do i get it in tabs? – acidzombie24 Oct 24 '12 at 10:42
How do you create run consoles exactly? Thought you need to run each console like "conemu /single /cmd <your command>". – Maximus Oct 24 '12 at 12:47
Something like this I don't care how i run it, i just want to set a variable and have many launch. I have 4 bat's like this which i double click to launch. With ConEmu i simply CD'd there and ran the file.bat from within. The start command launched it outside of ConEmu which I had a feeling of. I'm pretty sure everything suffers from that. – acidzombie24 Oct 24 '12 at 12:55
If i changed my bat file to do conemu /single /cmd "Z:\path\app.exe" %VAR% instead of start would that get what i want? all the instances in one ConEmu instance? -edit- I tried it. I dont think conemu is in my path but i ran that command within conemu and it didnt create a new tab – acidzombie24 Oct 24 '12 at 12:58
Thought, you need to add conemu dir to %PATH% or "App Path" (and "start conemu ...") or specify full path to exe. – Maximus Oct 24 '12 at 14:50

Console lets you run consoles (cmd.exe, PowerShell, whatever you configure) in tabs.

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Nice, before I try it I want to know can i open a bunch of consoles using a bat file? bc i open about 3 bat of 6scripts (hence the almost 20) – acidzombie24 Oct 24 '12 at 7:47
Try ConEmu - it can. – Maximus Oct 24 '12 at 7:54
@acidzombie24 - not sure, sorry. It doesn't seem like it. I tend to use start /min when I want to open command prompts minimized, and then have Windows Explorer just group running programs together so I only get the one window. It can make it harder to sort through them when there are many, though. – Mark Allen Oct 24 '12 at 18:59

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