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Cmder Tasks

One of the most powerful components of Cmder is the tasks system. Each task represents a console configuration, and while Cmder has workable defaults, we can make some good improvements ourselves.

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Cmder with Windows Consoles

This post is aimed at those who are using Cmder primarily for WSL but also have use for normal Windows command prompt or PowerShell. I use WSL as my typical console, but similar to how Windows shouldn't edit WSL files, Linux isn't very good at working with Windows system files.

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WSL Windows Aliases

WSL can sometimes be difficult to use, but one of its great features is that our entire Windows path is available to us from Linux. We can take advantage of that with some Linux aliases to get great integration between both operating systems.

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Zsh and Oh My Zsh with WSL and Cmder

One of the great things about WSL is that it is essentially fully-fledged Linux, so we can take advantage of all of the normal Linux shell customization tools. Here, I'll talk about setting up Zsh and Oh My Zsh on our Ubuntu WSL console, taking advantage of Cmder's emulation to give us full color support.

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Cmder with WSL

Assuming you've just come my guide on getting barebones WSL set up (or you have a WSL already), you might agree with me that the terminal is simply... ugly. Here, I'll go through installing the wonderful Cmder to give us more customization options.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux

This guide is by no means unique; there are plenty like it, and others may be more similar to your setup. I've written this as a sort of preface to my other guides: this is the exact configuration I use, so I've worked through any issues.

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