Archive for October, 2008

Multiple ways to open PowerShell in the current Explorer window

Posted on October 14, 2008. Filed under: explorer, powershell, right click, user interface, vista, windows |

These techniques are generic and can be used for other items like command prompt as well. A word of caution, everything given below involves fiddling with the registry so please backup your system’s registry or create a restore point before trying this out.

1) Adding it to Vista Explorer’s toolbar:


This is the most convenient one in my opinion, but requires most work to enable it.

Firstly, navigate to the following registry key:



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Context sensitive auto-completion using PowerShell, PowerTab and GIT

Posted on October 13, 2008. Filed under: GIT, powershell, ruby, vista, windows |

Powertab is an Awesome PowerShell TabExpansion extension. It extends the default PowerShell autocompletion and shows the results like:


The best part is that it is easily customizable.

One way to customize it is by editing it Tab Expansion database file which is located in your powershell profile directory:



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Displaying GIT Branch on your PowerShell prompt

Posted on October 12, 2008. Filed under: GIT, powershell, vista, windows |

PowerShell is a command line shell like the command prompt (cmd.exe) but with a lot more features. It can be downloaded from here.

One of the features is that you can change the default prompt. Prompt can be changed by overriding the function with name “prompt”.

This function can be declared inside the PowerShell profile file which has the path:


If the file does not exist then you will need to create this file. Declaring the following function inside the profile file will change the prompt.

   1: function prompt {
   2:   return "prompt> "
   3: }




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