FreeCommandwe XE is a great replacement for the standard Windows Explorer. It comes in standard installations and a portable version. This can be configured to replace the Windows Explorer when you press (Windows)+E keys. There is a DOS function under tools or keyboard shortcut (CtrL)-D that opens up a DOS Command Line. There is also an option to have a small text box at the bottom to run DOSCMDS on the fly. Nice! I have forced myself to use Powershell for the Windows command line. How do I get FreeCommander to open Powershell instead of the DOS CMD line?
To start the DOS CMD in FreeCommander.
The command line is the standard DOS command line with the title changed to FreeCommander
Let’s change it to open Powershell instead. Start by opening up the settings.
Then open the settings to change the DOS configuration.
Now it’s as simple as entering in the path to your Powershell command. Yea, that’s not necessarily that simple. The path name can vary from machine to machine and how PowerShell was installed.
On my Windows 10 system press the (Windows) key and start typing “powershell”.
Now right-click on the Windows Powershell (Desktop app) to open up some options. We want to know the path where Powershell is located. I’m thinking the “Open file location” will work.
This opens up a Windows Explorer window to where your Powershell is located. To get the full path name you have to manually combine the File Name, then click on the directory to expand the path name, then paste them all together. Still pretty much a pain in the ass.
Let’s try a trick here. Right-click on the “Windows PowerShell” command, then select the properties for this command.
The “Target” is the path to the Powershell command. Look, Windows even highlighted it for you. If it didn’t, then highlight it manually. Press (Ctrl)-C to copy it.
Then paste (ctrl)-v the path it into the “DOS box command specifications” and press OK.
Now when you click on (Tools)->(Dos) or press (Ctrl)-d, the wonderful, glorious PowerShell command line window opens up and you can CmdLet your way to heaven.
Welcome to the New-Order.
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