I have opened an empty Windows PowerShell window, and have not yet entered any commands into the window. The default, unchanged directory is my user account folder. I want to close the window with a keyboard shortcut.

Does NOT work:

  • Ctrl-w (Adds the text ^W into the editor)

  • Ctrl-d (Adds the text ^D into the editor)

  • Alt-F4 (Does nothing)

  • exit followed by {Enter} (Works, but is a cumbersome sequence)

Is there any native solution to this problem without using an AutoHotkey script? I am using Windows 10.

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    I can't test now, but Alt+space generally opens pop-up menu and then "c" closes the application. – Máté Juhász Dec 28 '18 at 2:55

While Alt+Space, then c works as pointed out above without any changes, it still requires two key strokes. You can define your own exit shortcut in PowerShell 5.0 and up by addding a Set-PSReadLineKeyHandler command to your Powershell profile. While this does require editing your PS Profile, once set up it works for all future sessions of PowerShell. As an example,

  1. Open a PowerShell terminal window and type the following to edit your PowerShell Profile file:

    notepad $Profile

This will open your Powershell profile. If you'd like this to work for all users, edit the AllUsers profile which is located at $PROFILE.AllUsersCurrentHost. For more information on the PS profile see this Microsoft reference page.

  1. Add the following to the first line of the profile (ViExit is only available in PS 5.1):

    Set-PSReadlineKeyHandler -Chord Alt+F4 -Function ViExit

This defines the Alt-F4 as the exit key command. If you'd like to use Ctrl-D instead use this line:

Set-PSReadlineKeyHandler -Chord Ctrl+D -Function DeleteCharOrExit

Now close the PowerShell terminal and reopen. The shortcut keys defined above (Alt-F4 or Ctrl-D as applicable) should now work.

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    This pointed me in the correct direction...but two things had to be done first: (1.) I had to set the execution policy of PowerShell using the following command (as admin): Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned (2.) I had to create a Profile before I could edit one, with the following command: New-Item -path $profile -type file –force – Frank Fanelli Dec 29 '18 at 2:53

Try Alt+Space c meaning Alt and space together for the popup menu, then press c for Close

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