Is it possible to configure Powershell to be conemu's default shell?

I know I can add additional "tasks" to conemu but I want it to default to use Powershell instead of cmd.exe so that, for example, when I use a plugin for an IDE that opens conemu in the current working directory, it does so with a conemu-wrapped Powershell instance.

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    Choose PowerShell on "Startup" page of Settings dialog.
    – Maximus
    Sep 30, 2013 at 6:41

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Assuming a "{Powershell}" task:

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Use the Startup tab and assign Powershell under "Specified named task":

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If you want to start in a specific directory, change the task definition like so:

Powershell with default directory

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    setting default directory as explained above does not work. Try superuser.com/questions/482325/… instead
    – joniba
    Nov 2, 2016 at 12:38
  • @joniba Correct, because powershell takes any strings as a command, so quite literally it's trying to execute D:\MyDocs. The poster needed to specify -WorkingDirectory Apr 2, 2019 at 11:53
  • Worked for me: powershell.exe -noexit -Command "cd c:\Users\[Name]\Desktop" Jan 27, 2022 at 13:43

In recent version there seems to be a setting for this:

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    That setting controls which task populates the ConEmu New Console dialog by default. The accepted answer is still the correct solution. Dec 24, 2015 at 17:38

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