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maximizing the windows Command prompt

What I'd like is a way to make the command prompt and PowerShell a little more user friendly. Some basics of a good terminal or terminal emulator would be great. For example, being able to maximize both to fit the whole screen or even full screen would help quite a bit. In UNIX based environments, terminal, xterm, konsole, etc maximize to fit the screen and can also full screen. This functionality was also a part of Windows OS's back in the old days, but since Windows Vista that functionality has been removed. Is there any way to add it back?

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See Maximizing the Windows Command prompt and also Full Screen Command Prompt in Vista (works in Win7 as well). –  Karan Jan 16 '13 at 18:49
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"make ... usable" isn't really a question, and "usable" is highly subjective. We have been using the Windows console for decades! Please focus specifically on what you want to see. –  Jay Bazuzi Jan 16 '13 at 22:28

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Console might help. So could PowerCMD. If you Google Command Prompt Alternative you should be able to find something that suits your needs.

As for PowerShell, I really like the PowerShell ISE.

If you can't install an alternative on a server, see if you can have telnet enabled and use PuTTY, or better yet SSH. This question might help get SSH going.

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Thank you. I'll be checking these out. –  RX3R0 Jan 16 '13 at 16:57

I use ConEmu as terminal emulator with clink to have some of the joys of Bash. ConEmu have some very useful features like macros and custom key binding and clink bring things like history search and Bash shortcuts

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I'll be checking this out. Thank you very much. –  RX3R0 Jan 16 '13 at 16:58

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