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Run multiple command line windows from a single tabbed interface

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 June 2014
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Run multiple command line windows from a single tabbed interface

ConsoleHoster is a small, free and portable tool which makes it easier to work at the Windows command line.

Launch the program and you'll see a coloured command window. Enter commands in the lower pane, just as you would normally, and the results will appear above. And clicking "New Project" will add new command windows as you need them, each accessible from its own tab, making it easy to switch from one session to another.

The program also provides some shortcut buttons to simplify command line navigation. You can jump from one drive to another by clicking the appropriate button, for instance, while there are others to jump up a directory, or move straight to the root directory of a drive.

You can also have an Explorer view of your drive displayed in a right-hand sidebar. If you change your drive at the command line - you enter D:\ , say - this will refresh accordingly, allowing you to view folder names immediately (no need to browse through the results of a "DIR" command).

And there are various other tricks available here, too. ConsoleHoster doesn't have to process commands one at a time, for instance. If you type multiple commands, like this, pressing Ctrl+Enter after each, then they won't be executed immediately.

cd ..
 cd \

Press Enter when you're done, though, and the program will launch them in sequence, effectively as a batch file. And this could be particularly useful when you need to enter more complex commands, and would like the chance to review them before going to work.


There are no major command line extensions here, but ConsoleHoster does provide an easy way to organise multiple command line sessions in a single window

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