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Windows PowerShell™ 2 For Dummies® by Steve Seguis

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Chapter 2. Customizing and Shortcutting the Environment

In This Chapter

  • Adding your own personal touch to the PSH Command Shell

  • Making changes to your PowerShell Profile

  • Customizing the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment

  • Working with Aliases

  • Understanding the Tab key

I like to watch people while they work in front of their computers. I find it fascinating. Call me weird (it's okay; plenty of people do), but it's interesting to see the different ways people choose to interact with their computers. For instance, I used to work with a Windows administrator who rarely used the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste items. He always used the right-click-then-copy-and-paste method because he felt he was more in control. (Yes, I make the same face you're making now.) I also used to work with someone who tried to do everything using the keyboard whenever possible and stayed away from the mouse as if it were the plague. I know others who are very finicky about what toolbars they use and some on the extreme end who even organize icons alphabetically. Whatever methods you use are a-okay — after all, it's always best to organize your work whichever way makes you the most efficient.

I thought that before getting started working with Windows PowerShell, you might find it useful to know different ways to customize the environment to best fit your style. After all, the more comfortable you are with the interface, the more intuitive and pleasant your experience will be. ...

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