Just a place to store common development tools, config files etc
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Just a place to store some common config files etc


Console is much nicer than the Windows console window.

1. Download Console from http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/

2. Unzip and copy to Program Files. The shortcuts and reg files used here assume C:\Program Files (x86)\Console2\

3. Console/Console.xml contains my preferred settings. It includes a Git tab with an icon, which you might want to remove if you don't use Git. Copy this to C:\Users\<Profile name>\AppData\Roaming\Console\Console.xml if you want to use it.

4. Make a copy of console.exe so that you have 2 copies of the exe file:

* C:\Program Files (x86)\Console2\Console.exe
* C:\Program Files (x86)\Console2\Console2.exe

This allows you to have 2 separate shortcuts in your taskbar and start menu, each opening a different tab. The right-click "Pin to Taskbar" / "Pin to Start Menu" options don't allow you to add more than one option pointing to the same exe (I might be missing something here...)

5. The console folder includes a couple of shortcuts, which you can add to task bar / start menu if you want

6. Run the .reg file if you want to create right-click context menu options

BTW, to copy text in Console, you have to hold down the shift key and select the text!


After installing git, you might want to enable editing of commit messages in Notepad++

Copy Git/npp.sh to installation folder, e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\npp.sh

Run the following: 

git config --global core.editor "'C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\npp.sh'"


Install the awesome Envy Code R font, then import the settings for screen scheme and a few other shortcuts.

There are a few scenarios where text color isn't quite right (e.g. font color clashes with dark background) but nothing that's bothered me enough to fix it yet.