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In Windows 7, how can I set the default PowerShell window size? By default it comes up too tall for the netbook screen I am working with.

I have tried the usual way of changing the size—by clicking in the upper-left corner and choosing “Properties”—but it tells me: Unable to modify the shortcut: . Check to make sure it has not been deleted or renamed. (yes, there is a dot in the middle of the error message)

I also tried right-clicking on the PowerShell shortcut in the Start menu and changing properties there, however, the changes don’t seem to stick.

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Also see superuser.com/questions/36074/… – Kristopher Johnson Mar 26 '10 at 19:51
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Use a function like this in your profile (notepad $profile)

Function Set-WindowSize {
Param([int]$x=$host.ui.rawui.windowsize.width,
      [int]$y=$host.ui.rawui.windowsize.heigth)

    $size=New-Object System.Management.Automation.Host.Size($x,$y)
    $host.ui.rawui.WindowSize=$size   
}

Then call the function:

Set-WindowSize 100 50
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Thanks. This works, as long as I Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted, which is a little worrisome, but I guess I would have to do it eventually to get anything done under PowerShell. – Nate Nov 9 '09 at 17:46
    
setting "WindowSize": "Window cannot be wider than the screen buffer. – VillasV May 14 at 4:59

Another approach is to run Powershell as an administrator. See http://superuser.com/questions/36074/how-do-i-modify-the-powershell-console-settings-in-windows-7

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Go Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Windows PowerShell. RClick on the one you're using. Go to the Layout tab, and change the settings you want.

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This works just fine for any shortcut for PS, such as if you've pinned it to your taskbar. – James Skemp Jul 23 '15 at 22:42

You could try Properties, Layout tab, Window Size.

I was also able to grap the top RIGHT most window and re-size in the traditional Windows way.

You could try launching the GUI alternative: PowerShell ISE.

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