I'm after a Doom-like command prompt, whereby I can could press a keyboard shortcut like CTRL Tab and the command prompt will scroll down from the top like Doom, Quake, etc.

Also if it works with Powershell that would be even better.

  • When you say, "and the command prompt will scroll down from the top," do you mean that you want a DOS window to be launched? – goblinbox Nov 29 '10 at 10:25
  • ...exactly, a DOS window will appear. I was thinking it would be great to have it, just scroll into view when called upon, and disappear otherwise. – wonea Nov 29 '10 at 11:41
  • +1, there's something like this for Terminal on OS X but I haven't seen it for Windows. – phoebus Nov 29 '10 at 15:12
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    Oh, a command prompt for Windows like the old-style FPS console controls would be AWESOME. – Shinrai Nov 29 '10 at 17:27

See http://poshconsole.codeplex.com - Joel has implemented a "quake mode" that works exactly like you say.


poshconsole doesn't work too good, and his development isn't very active. i recomend you to install console2 http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/ and autohotkey, http://www.autohotkey.com/, and use this script:


DetectHiddenWindows, on
IfWinExist ahk_class Console_2_Main
IfWinActive ahk_class Console_2_Main

        WinHide ahk_class Console_2_Main
            WinActivate ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd
            WinActivate %temptitle%
    WinGetActiveTitle, temptitle
    WinShow ahk_class Console_2_Main
    WinActivate ahk_class Console_2_Main
WinGetActiveTitle, temptitle
Run Console.exe
DetectHiddenWindows, off


I just press win+| and i have mi transparent console running powershell. If i press again it disappear, :)


Quake/tilde mode was implemented in ConEmu build 120612. I'm the author of this console emulator.

You can choose almost any hotkey in Settings/Keys (which can be registered through RegisterHotKey).

Set pad (in pixels) around console area.

It is possible to resize window with mouse, while frame is completely hidden (just hold mouse cursor over place where frame must be, and frame will appears). Or from keyboard (look an Settings/Keys).

Sample settings provided in distrib - "ConEmu\ConEmu_Tilde.xml", just rename this file to "ConEmu.xml".

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