The Windows command prompt (
cmd.exe) has simple command history. You can press the Up/Down arrow keys to cycle through the previous commands. If you want a visual display of previous commands, you can press F7 and use the Up/Down keys to navigate the list and Enter to execute a command.
PowerShell has powerful command history features. To see the list of all available commands from history:
To cycle through previous commands from history, press
# followed by
Tab key presses. Each press of the Tab key, displays one older command from the history stack.
To switch to a specific command from the stack displayed by
Get-History, press #, the number of that command in the stack and Tab. For example, to get the command numbered 9 in the
PowerShell can also find a previous command if you can provide the starting few letters. For example, this will bring up all the commands where I invoked
PowerShell can also understand the
* wildcard. For example, this will bring up all the commands where I edited a log file using
PS> #vim log*.txt[Tab] PS> #vim log*[Tab]
The module that will hook you to command history is PowerTab. Install it (for instructions see here) and press # and Tab to get a visual list of all commands in the history stack! 🙂 Note that PowerTab does not provide a few of the above features like the wildcards for example.
Tried with: PowerShell 2 and PowerTab 0.99.6