Audio Switcher should be built into Windows – Easily Switch Playback and Recording Devices

I’ve been running a podcast now for over 600 episodes and I do most of my recordings here at home using a Peavey PV6 Mixing Console – it’s fantastic. However, I also work remotely and use Skype a lot to talk to co-workers. Sometimes I use a USB Headset…

Audio SwitcherI've been running a podcast now for over 600 episodes and I do most of my recordings here at home using a Peavey PV6 Mixing Console - it's fantastic. However, I also work remotely and use Skype a lot to talk to co-workers. Sometimes I use a USB Headset but I also have a Polycom Work Phone for conference calls. Plus my webcams have microphones, so all this adds up to a lot of audio devices.

Windows 10 improved the switching experience for Playback Devices, but there's no "two click" way to quickly change Recording Devices. A lot of Sound Settings are moving into the Windows 10 Settings App but it's still incomplete and sometimes you'll find yourself looking at the older Sound Dialog:

Sound Control Panel

Enter David Kean's "Audio Switcher." It's nearly 3 years old with source code on GitHub, but it works AMAZINGLY. It's literally what the Power User has always wanted when managing audio on Windows 10.

It adds a Headphone Icon in the Tray, and clicking it on puts the Speakers at the Top and Mics at the Bottom. Right-clicking an item lets you set it as default. Even nicer if you set the icons for your devices like I did.

Audio Switcher

Ok, that's the good news. It's great, and there's Source Code available so you can build it easily with free Visual Studio Community.

Bad news? Today, there's no "release" or ZIP or EXE file for you to download. That said, I uploaded a totally unsupported and totally not my responsibility and you shouldn't trust me compiled version here.

Hopefully after this blog post is up a few days, David will see this blog post and make an installer with a cert and/or put this wonderful utility somewhere, as folks clearly are interested. I'll update this blog post as soon as more people start using Audio Switcher.

Thank you David for making this fantastic utility!


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How to download embedded videos with F12 Tools in your browser

I got an email this week asking how to download some of my Azure Friday video podcast videos from http://friday.azure.com as well as some of the Getting Started Videos from Azure.com.NOTE: Respect copyright and consider what you’re doing and WHY befo…

I got an email this week asking how to download some of my Azure Friday video podcast videos from http://friday.azure.com as well as some of the Getting Started Videos from Azure.com.

NOTE: Respect copyright and consider what you’re doing and WHY before you use this technique to download videos that may have been embedded for a reason.

I told them to download the videos with F12 tools, and they weren't clear how. I'll use an Azure Friday video for the example. Do be aware that there are a ton of ways to embed video on the web and this doesn't get around ones that REALLY don't want to be downloaded. This won't help you with Netflix, Hulu, etc.

First, I'll visit the site with the video I want in my browser. I'll use Chrome but this also works in Edge or Firefox with slightly different menus.

Then press F12 to bring up the Developer Tools pane and click Network. In Edge, click Content Type, then Media.

Download embedded videos with F12

Click the "clear" button to set up your workspace. That's the International No button there in the Network pane. Now, press Play and get ready.

Look in the Media list for something like ".mp4" or something that looks like the video you want. It'll likely have an HTTP Response in the 20x range.

Download 200

In Chrome, right click on the URL and select Copy as CURL. If you're on Windows pick cmd.exe and bash if you're on Linux/Mac.

Downloading with CURL

You'll get a crazy long command put into your clipboard. It's not all needed but it's a very convenient feature the browser provides, so it's worth using.

Get Curl: If you don't have the "curl" command you'll want to download "curl.exe" from here https://curl.haxx.se/dlwiz/ and, if you like, put it in your PATH. If you have Windows, get the free bundled curl version with installer here.

Open a terminal/command prompt - run cmd.exe on Windows - and paste in the command. If the browser you're using only gives you the URL and not the complete "curl" command, the command you're trying to build is basically curl [url] -o [outputfile.mp4]. It's best if you can get the complete command like the one Chrome provides, as it may include authentication cookies or other headers that omitting may prevent your download from working.

image

BEFORE you press enter, make sure you add "-o youroutputfilename.mp4." Also, if you can an error about security and certificates, you may need to add "--insecure."

Downloading a streaming video file with CURL

In the screenshot above I'm saving the file as "test.mp4" on my desktop.

There are several ways to download embedded videos, including a number of online utilities that come and go, but this technique has been very reliable for me.


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Use a second laptop as an extended monitor with Windows 10 wireless displays

James Clarke from the Windows team rolled into a meeting today with two Surfaces…but one had no keyboard. Then, without any ceremony, he proceeded to do this: Now, I consider myself a bit of a Windows Productivity Tips Gourmand, and while I was awar…

James Clarke from the Windows team rolled into a meeting today with two Surfaces...but one had no keyboard. Then, without any ceremony, he proceeded to do this:

Holy Crap a Surface as a Second Monitor

Now, I consider myself a bit of a Windows Productivity Tips Gourmand, and while I was aware of Miracast and the general idea of a Wireless Display, I didn't realize that it worked this well and that it was built into Windows 10.

In fact, I'm literally sitting here in a hotel with a separate USB3 LCD display panel to use as a second monitor. I've also used Duet Display and used my iPad Pro as a second monitor.

I usually travel with a main laptop and a backup laptop anyway. Why do I lug this extra LCD around? Madness. I had this functionality all the time, built in.

Use your second laptop as a second monitor

On the machine you want to use as a second monitor, head over to Settings | System | Projecting to this PC and set it up as you like, considering convenience vs. security.

Settings | Projecting to this PC

Then, from your main machine - the one you are projecting from - just hit Windows Key+P, like you were projecting to a projector or second display. At the bottom, hit Connect to a Wireless Display.

Connect to a Wireless Display

Then wait a bit as it scans around for your PC. You can extend or duplicate...just like another monitor...

Connected to a Wireless Display

...because Windows thinks it IS another monitor.

You can also do this with Miracast TVs like my LG, or your Roku or sometimes Amazon Fires, or you can get a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter and HDMI to any monitor - even ones at hotels!

NOTE: It's not super fast. It's sometimes pixelly and sometimes slow, depending on what's going on around you. But I just moved Chrome over onto my other machine and watched a YouTube video, just fine. I wouldn't play a game on it, but browsing, dev, typing, coding, works just fine!

Get ready for this. You can ALSO use the second machine as a second collaboration point! That means that someone else could PAIR with you and also type and move their mouse. THIS makes pair programming VERY interesting.

 Allow input from the remote display

Here's a video of it in action:

Give it a try and let me know how it goes. I used two Surfaces, but I also have extended my display to a 3 year old Lenovo without issues.


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How to control PowerPoint on Windows with a Bluetooth Nintendo Switch JoyCon controller! (or a Surface Pen)

I usually use a Logitech Presentation Clicker to control PowerPoint presentations, but I’m always looking for new ways. Michael Samarin has a great app called KeyPenX that lets you use a Surface pen to control PowerPoint!

However, I’ve also got this wonderful Nintendo Switch and two JoyCon controllers. Rachel White reminded me that they are BlueTooth! So why not pair them to your machine and map some of their buttons to keystrokes?

Let’s do it!

First, hold the round button on the black side of the controller between the SL and SR buttons, then go into Windows Settings and Add Bluetooth Device.

Add a Bluetooth Device

You can add them both if you like! They show up like Game Controllers to Windows:

Hey a JoyCon is a JoyStick to Windows!

Ah, but these are Joysticks. We need to map JoyStick Actions to Key Presses. Enter JoyToKey. If you keep using it (even though you can use it free) it’s Shareware, you can buy JoyToKey for just $7.

Hold down a button on your Joystick/Joycon to see what it maps to. For example, here I’m clicking in on the stick and I can see that’s Button 12.

Using JoyToKey to map JoyCons to PowerPoint

Map them anyway you like. I mapped left and right to PageUp and PageDown so now I can control PowerPoint!

Using JoyToKey to map JoyCons to PowerPoint

And here it is in action:

ZOMG YOU CAN CONTROL POWERPOINT WITH THE #NintendoSwitch JoyCon! /ht @ohhoe

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So fun! Enjoy!


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I usually use a Logitech Presentation Clicker to control PowerPoint presentations, but I'm always looking for new ways. Michael Samarin has a great app called KeyPenX that lets you use a Surface pen to control PowerPoint!

However, I've also got this wonderful Nintendo Switch and two JoyCon controllers. Rachel White reminded me that they are BlueTooth! So why not pair them to your machine and map some of their buttons to keystrokes?

Let's do it!

First, hold the round button on the black side of the controller between the SL and SR buttons, then go into Windows Settings and Add Bluetooth Device.

Add a Bluetooth Device

You can add them both if you like! They show up like Game Controllers to Windows:

Hey a JoyCon is a JoyStick to Windows!

Ah, but these are Joysticks. We need to map JoyStick Actions to Key Presses. Enter JoyToKey. If you keep using it (even though you can use it free) it's Shareware, you can buy JoyToKey for just $7.

Hold down a button on your Joystick/Joycon to see what it maps to. For example, here I'm clicking in on the stick and I can see that's Button 12.

Using JoyToKey to map JoyCons to PowerPoint

Map them anyway you like. I mapped left and right to PageUp and PageDown so now I can control PowerPoint!

Using JoyToKey to map JoyCons to PowerPoint

And here it is in action:

ZOMG YOU CAN CONTROL POWERPOINT WITH THE #NintendoSwitch JoyCon! /ht @ohhoe

A post shared by Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) on


So fun! Enjoy!


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Apt-Get for Windows – OneGet and Chocolatey on Windows 10

In 2013 I asked the questions “Is the Windows user ready for apt-get?” As with nearly all my blog posts, the comments are better than the post itself. 😉

Now it’s 2015 and many of us are upgrading to Windows 10. One of the little gems in Windows 10 that no one is talking about (yet) is OneGet. You can read about OneGet architecture here.

Installing applications in Windows 10 from the command line

It’s easy (and wrong) to just say that One-Get is Apt-Get for Windows. But OneGet isn’t actually a package manager. It’s more clever and cooler than that.  It’s a package manager manager.

OneGet is a Manager of Package Managers 

Go out to you Windows 10 PowerShell prompt now and type “Get-PackageProvider” and you’ll see the package managers you have registered with OneGet today.

C:> Get-PackageProvider

Name Version
---- -------
Programs 10.0.10240.16384
msu 10.0.10240.16384
msi 10.0.10240.16384
PSModule 1.0.0.0

Usually programs are installed with things like MSIs, for example, so there’s a provider for that. You can type “Get-Package” and see the programs AND packages on your machine:

C:> Get-Package

Name Version
---- -------
123D Design R1.6 1.6.41
Windows Driver Package - Ge... 06/04/2011 8....
Windows Driver Package - Ge... 06/19/2014 8....
Windows Driver Package - FT... 01/27/2014 2....
JRuby 1.7.19 1.7.19
Windows Driver Package - ST... 11/09/2009 3....
EPSON NX410 Series Printer ...
Intel Edison Device USB driver 1.2.1

Since it’s PowerShell, you can sort and filter and what-not to your heart’s delight.

OneGet isn’t Microsoft’s Chocolately

Chocolatey is an open source apt-get-like machine-wide package manager that you can use today, even if you don’t have Windows 10.

OneGet isn’t Microsoft’s version of Chocolately. But there is a beta/preview Chocolatey provider that plugs into OneGet so you can use OneGet to get Chocolatey packages and install them.

Other things worth noting, even though OneGet is in the box for Windows 10, you can still run it on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2. Plus, OneGet isn’t done and it’s open source so there’s lots of cool possibilities.

Oh, and an important naming point. Just like “Chromium” is the open source browser and “Chrome” is the Google packaged instance of that project, “OneGet” is the open source project and what ships with Windows 10 is just generically “PackageManagement.” Just a good reminder of the relationship between open source projects and their shipping counterparts.

Installing VLC using OneGet and Chocolatey on Windows 10

Example time. You’ve got a new Windows 10 machine and you want to get VLC. You can (and should) totally get it from the Windows Store, but let’s get it using Package Management.

Here I need to get the beta Chocotlatey provider first, and once, with “get-packageprovider -name chocolatey.” Also, when I install a package for the first time it will prompt to download NuGet as well. I will answer Yes to both.

NOTE: You can also install Chocolatey explicitly with “install-package –provider bootstrap chocolatey”

Now I can just “install-package vlc” and it will get it from the Chocolatey repository.

C:>  get-packageprovider -name chocolatey

The provider 'chocolatey v2.8.5.130' is not installed.
chocolatey may be manually downloaded from https://oneget.org/ChocolateyPr30.exe and installed.
Would you like PackageManagement to automatically download and install 'chocolatey'?

[Y] Yes [N] No [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Y"): y

Name Version
---- -------
Chocolatey 2.8.5.130

C:> install-package vlc

The provider 'nuget v2.8.5.127' is not installed.
nuget may be manually downloaded from https://oneget.org/nuget-anycpu-2.8.5.127.exe and installed.
Would you like PackageManagement to automatically download and install 'nuget' now?
[Y] Yes [N] No [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Y"): y

The package(s) come from a package source that is not marked as trusted.
Are you sure you want to install software from 'chocolatey'?
[Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "N"): y

Name Version Source Summary
---- ------- ------ -------
vlc 2.2.1.20150630 chocolatey VLC Media Player

Boom. Now VLC is installed. It’s early days but it’s interesting stuff!

You can read about the available OneGet cmdlets at https://github.com/OneGet/oneget/wiki/cmdlets.

For example here I can find the latest version of zoomit.

C:> find-package -name zoomit

Name Version Source
---- ------- ------
zoomit 4.50 chocolate

Just to be clear, with regards to OneGet and Chocolatey.

  1. It’s an unsupported version of Chocolatey provider in a GitHub repo
  2. Folks can download it using OneGet cmdlets and then using the unsupported provider, you can download Chocolatey packages.
  3. Microsoft is working with the community to take ownership of Chocolatey provider.

And again, you can use Chocolatey TODAY on your Windows 7 and up machines as it is.

Managing MSI-installed Programs with OneGet and PackageManagement

OneGet and PackageManagement in Windows 10 lets you manage package managers of all kinds to control what’s installed one your machines. For example, I can uninstall an MSI installed program like this. This is just like visiting Add/Remove Programs (ARP) and uninstalling, except I did it from the command line!

C:> Uninstall-Package join.me.launcher

Name Version
---- -------
join.me.launcher 1.0.368.0

MSI and Chocolately are just the start for OneGet. What if one package management API could also get Python or PHP packages? Windows Store apps?

OneGet Architecture Diagram - The End user calls PackageManagement APIs that delgate to installed provders that install packages from the original location

Donate to help Chocolatey

Last, but definitely not least, it’s important to remember that Chocolatey and the Chocolatey Repository of Packages can use your help and sponsorship. Head over to https://chocolatey.org/ and scroll to the bottom and click Donate and you can Paypal or use your Credit Card to help them out.


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In 2013 I asked the questions "Is the Windows user ready for apt-get?" As with nearly all my blog posts, the comments are better than the post itself. ;)

Now it's 2015 and many of us are upgrading to Windows 10. One of the little gems in Windows 10 that no one is talking about (yet) is OneGet. You can read about OneGet architecture here.

Installing applications in Windows 10 from the command line

It's easy (and wrong) to just say that One-Get is Apt-Get for Windows. But OneGet isn't actually a package manager. It's more clever and cooler than that.  It's a package manager manager.

OneGet is a Manager of Package Managers 

Go out to you Windows 10 PowerShell prompt now and type "Get-PackageProvider" and you'll see the package managers you have registered with OneGet today.

C:> Get-PackageProvider


Name Version
---- -------
Programs 10.0.10240.16384
msu 10.0.10240.16384
msi 10.0.10240.16384
PSModule 1.0.0.0

Usually programs are installed with things like MSIs, for example, so there's a provider for that. You can type "Get-Package" and see the programs AND packages on your machine:

C:> Get-Package


Name Version
---- -------
123D Design R1.6 1.6.41
Windows Driver Package - Ge... 06/04/2011 8....
Windows Driver Package - Ge... 06/19/2014 8....
Windows Driver Package - FT... 01/27/2014 2....
JRuby 1.7.19 1.7.19
Windows Driver Package - ST... 11/09/2009 3....
EPSON NX410 Series Printer ...
Intel Edison Device USB driver 1.2.1

Since it's PowerShell, you can sort and filter and what-not to your heart's delight.

OneGet isn't Microsoft's Chocolately

Chocolatey is an open source apt-get-like machine-wide package manager that you can use today, even if you don't have Windows 10.

OneGet isn't Microsoft's version of Chocolately. But there is a beta/preview Chocolatey provider that plugs into OneGet so you can use OneGet to get Chocolatey packages and install them.

Other things worth noting, even though OneGet is in the box for Windows 10, you can still run it on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2. Plus, OneGet isn't done and it's open source so there's lots of cool possibilities.

Oh, and an important naming point. Just like "Chromium" is the open source browser and "Chrome" is the Google packaged instance of that project, "OneGet" is the open source project and what ships with Windows 10 is just generically "PackageManagement." Just a good reminder of the relationship between open source projects and their shipping counterparts.

Installing VLC using OneGet and Chocolatey on Windows 10

Example time. You've got a new Windows 10 machine and you want to get VLC. You can (and should) totally get it from the Windows Store, but let's get it using Package Management.

Here I need to get the beta Chocotlatey provider first, and once, with "get-packageprovider -name chocolatey." Also, when I install a package for the first time it will prompt to download NuGet as well. I will answer Yes to both.

NOTE: You can also install Chocolatey explicitly with "install-package –provider bootstrap chocolatey"

Now I can just "install-package vlc" and it will get it from the Chocolatey repository.

C:>  get-packageprovider -name chocolatey


The provider 'chocolatey v2.8.5.130' is not installed.
chocolatey may be manually downloaded from https://oneget.org/ChocolateyPr30.exe and installed.
Would you like PackageManagement to automatically download and install 'chocolatey'?

[Y] Yes [N] No [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Y"): y

Name Version
---- -------
Chocolatey 2.8.5.130

C:> install-package vlc

The provider 'nuget v2.8.5.127' is not installed.
nuget may be manually downloaded from https://oneget.org/nuget-anycpu-2.8.5.127.exe and installed.
Would you like PackageManagement to automatically download and install 'nuget' now?
[Y] Yes [N] No [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Y"): y

The package(s) come from a package source that is not marked as trusted.
Are you sure you want to install software from 'chocolatey'?
[Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "N"): y

Name Version Source Summary
---- ------- ------ -------
vlc 2.2.1.20150630 chocolatey VLC Media Player

Boom. Now VLC is installed. It's early days but it's interesting stuff!

You can read about the available OneGet cmdlets at https://github.com/OneGet/oneget/wiki/cmdlets.

For example here I can find the latest version of zoomit.

C:> find-package -name zoomit


Name Version Source
---- ------- ------
zoomit 4.50 chocolate

Just to be clear, with regards to OneGet and Chocolatey.

  1. It's an unsupported version of Chocolatey provider in a GitHub repo
  2. Folks can download it using OneGet cmdlets and then using the unsupported provider, you can download Chocolatey packages.
  3. Microsoft is working with the community to take ownership of Chocolatey provider.

And again, you can use Chocolatey TODAY on your Windows 7 and up machines as it is.

Managing MSI-installed Programs with OneGet and PackageManagement

OneGet and PackageManagement in Windows 10 lets you manage package managers of all kinds to control what's installed one your machines. For example, I can uninstall an MSI installed program like this. This is just like visiting Add/Remove Programs (ARP) and uninstalling, except I did it from the command line!

C:> Uninstall-Package join.me.launcher


Name Version
---- -------
join.me.launcher 1.0.368.0

MSI and Chocolately are just the start for OneGet. What if one package management API could also get Python or PHP packages? Windows Store apps?

OneGet Architecture Diagram - The End user calls PackageManagement APIs that delgate to installed provders that install packages from the original location

Donate to help Chocolatey

Last, but definitely not least, it's important to remember that Chocolatey and the Chocolatey Repository of Packages can use your help and sponsorship. Head over to https://chocolatey.org/ and scroll to the bottom and click Donate and you can Paypal or use your Credit Card to help them out.


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Router redirecting to unwanted Adobe Flash update malware site – Moon Virus?

1000wmainBear with me, for now this will be a tiny post, a placeholder, but I am looking for feedback, ideas, comments and I will keep this post updated.

The scenario: My local sandwich shop where I often hang out and work remotely has a wireless router that started to redirect me to a fake “update your flash” and download a “Install flashplayer_10924_i13445851_il345.exe” malware file. There are no viruses, rootkits, or malware on my PC. This affects their PoS (Point of Sale) system, tablets, iPhones. Also, it’s not a DNS hijack, as the URL from the HTTP doesn’t change. It’s a MitM attack (Man in the Middle) where x number of HTTP GETs work fine and then every few hundred the router returns it’s own HTML. The requestor doesn’t know the difference.

The router he has is a V1000W Wireless N VDSL Modem Router. I’m suspecting the “Moon” virus but I’m not sure, as this isn’t a Linksys. The firmware is ancient from 2009 and that’s the latest one I can find.

Before you reply:

  • I’m technical, but the public is often not. Comments like “run openwrt” are certainly valid for a techie, but I’d like to know something more populist:
    • Can this router (and others like it) be fixed? Or is this bricked? Can I flash it with the original firmware to restore?
    • Remote management isn’t enabled. What port did the attack happen on?
    • How can I confirm it has it (all signs point to it) with some curl command?
  • What routers have this? What is the source?
  • What can a regular Jane/Joe do about this if they have Frontier/FIOs/CenturyLink, etc?

Thoughts?


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1000wmainBear with me, for now this will be a tiny post, a placeholder, but I am looking for feedback, ideas, comments and I will keep this post updated.

The scenario: My local sandwich shop where I often hang out and work remotely has a wireless router that started to redirect me to a fake "update your flash" and download a "Install flashplayer_10924_i13445851_il345.exe" malware file. There are no viruses, rootkits, or malware on my PC. This affects their PoS (Point of Sale) system, tablets, iPhones. Also, it's not a DNS hijack, as the URL from the HTTP doesn't change. It's a MitM attack (Man in the Middle) where x number of HTTP GETs work fine and then every few hundred the router returns it's own HTML. The requestor doesn't know the difference.

The router he has is a V1000W Wireless N VDSL Modem Router. I'm suspecting the "Moon" virus but I'm not sure, as this isn't a Linksys. The firmware is ancient from 2009 and that's the latest one I can find.

Before you reply:

  • I'm technical, but the public is often not. Comments like "run openwrt" are certainly valid for a techie, but I'd like to know something more populist:
    • Can this router (and others like it) be fixed? Or is this bricked? Can I flash it with the original firmware to restore?
    • Remote management isn't enabled. What port did the attack happen on?
    • How can I confirm it has it (all signs point to it) with some curl command?
  • What routers have this? What is the source?
  • What can a regular Jane/Joe do about this if they have Frontier/FIOs/CenturyLink, etc?

Thoughts?



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Syncing Windows Live Writer Drafts to the Cloud (Dropbox) and other bug fixes

I still use Windows Live Writer (http://www.windowslivewriter.com) to post to this blog. It remains the best little blogging app out there. It has a nice plugin ecosystem, great WYSIWYG editor (using IE) even though it hasn’t been updated since 2012. A bunch of us are working to get it open sourced, and I’ll let you know the second I know something.

But for now, let me fix two things about Windows Live Writer that have been bugging me.

Clearing Cached Blog Themes

First, a small bug. My HTML Styles look like this, and have for a while. See how the background is black? Annoying. I always assumed it was a GDI or graphics bug. In exploring the Windows Live Writer code I learned a few things.

Windows Live Writer with black styles

It turns out that Windows Live Writer is trying to render your styles by using your download blog theme’s CSS inside those little boxes! My blog (and others, I’ve heard) doesn’t render nicely.

The downloaded them is stored in %AppData%Windows Live Writerblogtemplates and you can easily fix this annoyance by simply deleting the folders below blogtemplates.

Using the Default Windows Live Writer Theme

Ah, much nicer.

Syncing your Windows Live Writer Drafts with OneDrive or Dropbox

I’ve seen some blog posts with folks suggesting junction or reparse points (symbolic links) to hack together a way to “roam your draft blog posts” with Windows Live Writer. It’s much easier than that, in fact. You can just set a registry key with your preferred Drafts folder. I put mine in my Dropbox, but you could also use OneDrive or Box. This means your local draft blog posts will “roam” to all your machines. If you’re someone who works on a blog post for a few days you’ll appreciate this new ability. You can start a post at work and finish it at home. Even the images will roam.

Head over to HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows LiveWriter in your registry (via Regedit.exe) and make a new String Value called “Posts Directory.”

image

Windows Live Writer will make new Drafts and Recent Posts folders in the location you specify. I set this registry key on all my machines that I have Dropbox installed and now all my blog post drafts are there too!

I’m in a meeting right now talking about a possible future for Windows Live Writer. I think 20k RTs of this would help.

— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) June 12, 2014

I hope this helps you out! And I’ll be sure to let you know about our plans with Windows Live Writer as soon as I know more. 😉


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I still use Windows Live Writer (http://www.windowslivewriter.com) to post to this blog. It remains the best little blogging app out there. It has a nice plugin ecosystem, great WYSIWYG editor (using IE) even though it hasn't been updated since 2012. A bunch of us are working to get it open sourced, and I'll let you know the second I know something.

But for now, let me fix two things about Windows Live Writer that have been bugging me.

Clearing Cached Blog Themes

First, a small bug. My HTML Styles look like this, and have for a while. See how the background is black? Annoying. I always assumed it was a GDI or graphics bug. In exploring the Windows Live Writer code I learned a few things.

Windows Live Writer with black styles

It turns out that Windows Live Writer is trying to render your styles by using your download blog theme's CSS inside those little boxes! My blog (and others, I've heard) doesn't render nicely.

The downloaded them is stored in %AppData%Windows Live Writerblogtemplates and you can easily fix this annoyance by simply deleting the folders below blogtemplates.

Using the Default Windows Live Writer Theme

Ah, much nicer.

Syncing your Windows Live Writer Drafts with OneDrive or Dropbox

I've seen some blog posts with folks suggesting junction or reparse points (symbolic links) to hack together a way to "roam your draft blog posts" with Windows Live Writer. It's much easier than that, in fact. You can just set a registry key with your preferred Drafts folder. I put mine in my Dropbox, but you could also use OneDrive or Box. This means your local draft blog posts will "roam" to all your machines. If you're someone who works on a blog post for a few days you'll appreciate this new ability. You can start a post at work and finish it at home. Even the images will roam.

Head over to HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows LiveWriter in your registry (via Regedit.exe) and make a new String Value called "Posts Directory."

image

Windows Live Writer will make new Drafts and Recent Posts folders in the location you specify. I set this registry key on all my machines that I have Dropbox installed and now all my blog post drafts are there too!

I hope this helps you out! And I'll be sure to let you know about our plans with Windows Live Writer as soon as I know more. ;)


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The Mysterious Case of the Rogue Roaming Browser History – Removing OneView Internet Login

I like a good mystery and I hope you do, too. I’ll give you two versions. First, the TL;DR version so you can just fix it, and later second, the maddening technical details.

See how it flashes OneView Internet Login in the title for a moment?

TL;DR – Why does my Internet Explorer say OneView Internet Login?

If you go googling for “OneView Internet Login” google will suggest things like “…remove.” You’ll find Yahoo Answers where folks are thinking they have a toolbar installed or a virus because when they launch Internet Explorer they see a flash of OneView Internet Login in the title bar.

To remove it, go to the Star in Internet Explorer’s toolbar and click History, then By Site. Find “One View Internet Login,” right click and delete that history record.

Note here in this screenshot that the site is http://google.com but the Title is OneView Internet Login. Delete that.

NOTE: If your home page is not google, then find your IE home page by Site, and delete the entry with the wrong title. Or, go nuclear and clear all history.

Delete it from your history

CSI: My Computer – Why does OneView Internet Login show up on all my computers? What is it and why won’t it go away?

A year ago or so I stayed at a Hyatt Hotel. Hotels like the Hyatt often use “Captive Portals” when getting you on their internet. A captive portal “captures” your browser’s traffic so no matter what site you asked for you’ll get their login screen. So you get on their wi-fi, you type googlebing and they redirect you to GlobalSuite.net or whatever to sign up. Only then does your traffic go through.

If you visit a hotel like this and hit it with IE for the first time with a fresh cache (nothing in your history or you’ve recently cleared your history) the Title that gets saved in the browser database will be the URL of the site you asked for but the title of the Hotel’s Captive Portal. Weird? Just wait.

I noticed that my laptop would flash OneView Internet in the title (see the animated gif above) when opening my home page for the first time. Every once in a while I’d go looking for it, search the registry, do a hard-drive-wide grep or findstr but then I’d give up.

Later, though, my desktop at home started showing OneView Internet Login in the title bar on startup. To be clear, that’s my desktop computer that hasn’t left my house.

Roaming, my friends. All browsers roam things now. They roam passwords, history, bunches of stuff. This record, this cache, this tab, this something was getting roamed to all 5 of my machines. Now every time I open a browser on any machine I own I get a little gentle reminder of how hotel wi-fi sucks and how the GlobalSuite OneView Internet Login Captive Portal is sending a 301 or lousy headers or something dumb. Next time I stay there I’ll do a Fiddler trace and prove it. Until then I wanted to find out where this was being stored on my hard drive.

Where is IE History stored? It’s stored in a database using a technique called Extensible Storage Engine or ESE. In fact, Windows has shipped this database tech for over 13 years. You can even use it in your apps as a free and fast local database, but no one knows it exists. Over at NirSoft there are a host of wonderful utilities (they are saints, truly, give them money) and one of them is the ESEDatabaseView.

Run ESEDatabaseView and go File | Open IE10 Locked Database (even though you may be using IE11) and you’ll be into the depths.

NirSoft's ESEDatabaseView

In a tabled called Container one I found a bunch of history entries:

The offending Entry

There’s my first tab, my home page, but I didn’t find “OneView Internet Login” or even the word OneView. I searched the while database, every table.

I was stuck here for a while.

Then I noticed way off to the right (like I literally had to scroll off to the right) there was  column called ResponseHeaders with a bunch of HEX.

20 01 00 00 1C 01 00 00 31 53 50 53 A1 14 02 00 00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 46
11 00 00 00 17 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 41 00 00 00 10 00 00 00 00 1F 00
00 00 17 00 00 00 4F 00 6E 00 65 00 56 00 69 00 65 00 77 00 20 00 49 00 6E 00 74 00
65 00 72 00 6E 00 65 00 74 00 20 00 4C 00 6F 00 67 00 69 00 6E 00 00 00 00 00 15 00
00 00 18 00 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 40 E8 3E C4 96 8E D0 01 11 00 00 00 0D 00 00 00 00
13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 09 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00
00 22 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 0A
00 00 00 55 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 00 1F 00 00 00 22 00 00 00 68 00 74 00 74 00 70 00
3A 00 2F 00 2F 00 77 00 77 00 77 00 2E 00 67 00 6F 00 6F 00 67 00 6C 00 65 00 2E 00
63 00 6F 00 6D 00 2F 00 66 00 61 00 76 00 69 00 63 00 6F 00 6E 00 2E 00 69 00 63 00
6F 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 DC 00 00 00 D8 00 00 00 31 53 50 53 A1 14 02 00
00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 46 11 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 11 00 00 00 14 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 28 00 00 00 00 40
00 00 00 70 0D 51 33 D8 6C D0 01 11 00 00 00 21 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
3D 00 00 00 1D 00 00 00 00 42 00 00 00 1E 00 00 00 70 00 72 00 6F 00 70 00 34 00 32
00 39 00 34 00 39 00 36 00 37 00 32 00 39 00 35 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00 EB 03 00
00 00 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 1E 00 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 3C DC B8 DF 12 6D D0 01 11 00
00 00 1C 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 27 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00
01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00           

First thing I noticed (I assume you do also) is all the zeros. They are mostly not used as if this is UTF16. But I really look for HEX that I know. That means CR, LF, and Space, so 0D, 0A, and 20.

See that there?

4F 00 6E 00 65 00 56 00 69 00 65 00 77 00 20 00 49 00 6E 00 74 00 65 00 72 00 6E 00
65 00 74 00 20 00 4C 00 6F 00 67 00 69 00 6E 00 00 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 18

That’s One View Internet Login. I converted from Hex to ASCII/UTF16. There’s lots of online Hex to String Convertors where you can just paste this into a text box. I can also put the string above into a PowerShell string and convert it like this:

$HEXDATA.Split(“ “) | FOREACH {WRITE-HOST –object ( [CHAR][BYTE]([CONVERT]::toint16($_,16))) –nonewline }

There it is, OneView Internet Login. The title of the portal was cached along with the original URL (google.com) and the location to the favicon. When IE hits the page it shows what it has and then corrects it as soon as it gets the current title.

image

What’s not clear to me is why this never expired. This title sat around for a year, at least. Maybe an IE engineer will read this and answer in the comments. If they do I will update the post with their answer.

The Good News is that if you delete the history record manually as seen at the very top of this post, that delete will roam and automatically fix this issue on all your machines (to be clear, all those that are logged in with the same Microsoft Account and roaming your browser data.

Remember, Dear Reader, the Internet (and your computer and its operating system) is not a black box. Look inside.


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I like a good mystery and I hope you do, too. I'll give you two versions. First, the TL;DR version so you can just fix it, and later second, the maddening technical details.

See how it flashes OneView Internet Login in the title for a moment?

TL;DR - Why does my Internet Explorer say OneView Internet Login?

If you go googling for "OneView Internet Login" google will suggest things like "...remove." You'll find Yahoo Answers where folks are thinking they have a toolbar installed or a virus because when they launch Internet Explorer they see a flash of OneView Internet Login in the title bar.

To remove it, go to the Star in Internet Explorer's toolbar and click History, then By Site. Find "One View Internet Login," right click and delete that history record.

Note here in this screenshot that the site is http://google.com but the Title is OneView Internet Login. Delete that.

NOTE: If your home page is not google, then find your IE home page by Site, and delete the entry with the wrong title. Or, go nuclear and clear all history.

Delete it from your history

CSI: My Computer - Why does OneView Internet Login show up on all my computers? What is it and why won't it go away?

A year ago or so I stayed at a Hyatt Hotel. Hotels like the Hyatt often use "Captive Portals" when getting you on their internet. A captive portal "captures" your browser's traffic so no matter what site you asked for you'll get their login screen. So you get on their wi-fi, you type googlebing and they redirect you to GlobalSuite.net or whatever to sign up. Only then does your traffic go through.

If you visit a hotel like this and hit it with IE for the first time with a fresh cache (nothing in your history or you've recently cleared your history) the Title that gets saved in the browser database will be the URL of the site you asked for but the title of the Hotel's Captive Portal. Weird? Just wait.

I noticed that my laptop would flash OneView Internet in the title (see the animated gif above) when opening my home page for the first time. Every once in a while I'd go looking for it, search the registry, do a hard-drive-wide grep or findstr but then I'd give up.

Later, though, my desktop at home started showing OneView Internet Login in the title bar on startup. To be clear, that's my desktop computer that hasn't left my house.

Roaming, my friends. All browsers roam things now. They roam passwords, history, bunches of stuff. This record, this cache, this tab, this something was getting roamed to all 5 of my machines. Now every time I open a browser on any machine I own I get a little gentle reminder of how hotel wi-fi sucks and how the GlobalSuite OneView Internet Login Captive Portal is sending a 301 or lousy headers or something dumb. Next time I stay there I'll do a Fiddler trace and prove it. Until then I wanted to find out where this was being stored on my hard drive.

Where is IE History stored? It's stored in a database using a technique called Extensible Storage Engine or ESE. In fact, Windows has shipped this database tech for over 13 years. You can even use it in your apps as a free and fast local database, but no one knows it exists. Over at NirSoft there are a host of wonderful utilities (they are saints, truly, give them money) and one of them is the ESEDatabaseView.

Run ESEDatabaseView and go File | Open IE10 Locked Database (even though you may be using IE11) and you'll be into the depths.

NirSoft's ESEDatabaseView

In a tabled called Container one I found a bunch of history entries:

The offending Entry

There's my first tab, my home page, but I didn't find "OneView Internet Login" or even the word OneView. I searched the while database, every table.

I was stuck here for a while.

Then I noticed way off to the right (like I literally had to scroll off to the right) there was  column called ResponseHeaders with a bunch of HEX.

20 01 00 00 1C 01 00 00 31 53 50 53 A1 14 02 00 00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 46
11 00 00 00 17 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 41 00 00 00 10 00 00 00 00 1F 00
00 00 17 00 00 00 4F 00 6E 00 65 00 56 00 69 00 65 00 77 00 20 00 49 00 6E 00 74 00
65 00 72 00 6E 00 65 00 74 00 20 00 4C 00 6F 00 67 00 69 00 6E 00 00 00 00 00 15 00
00 00 18 00 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 40 E8 3E C4 96 8E D0 01 11 00 00 00 0D 00 00 00 00
13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 09 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00
00 22 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 0A
00 00 00 55 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 00 1F 00 00 00 22 00 00 00 68 00 74 00 74 00 70 00
3A 00 2F 00 2F 00 77 00 77 00 77 00 2E 00 67 00 6F 00 6F 00 67 00 6C 00 65 00 2E 00
63 00 6F 00 6D 00 2F 00 66 00 61 00 76 00 69 00 63 00 6F 00 6E 00 2E 00 69 00 63 00
6F 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 DC 00 00 00 D8 00 00 00 31 53 50 53 A1 14 02 00
00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 46 11 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 11 00 00 00 14 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 28 00 00 00 00 40
00 00 00 70 0D 51 33 D8 6C D0 01 11 00 00 00 21 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
3D 00 00 00 1D 00 00 00 00 42 00 00 00 1E 00 00 00 70 00 72 00 6F 00 70 00 34 00 32
00 39 00 34 00 39 00 36 00 37 00 32 00 39 00 35 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00 EB 03 00
00 00 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 1E 00 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 3C DC B8 DF 12 6D D0 01 11 00
00 00 1C 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 27 00 00 00 00 13 00 00 00
01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00           

First thing I noticed (I assume you do also) is all the zeros. They are mostly not used as if this is UTF16. But I really look for HEX that I know. That means CR, LF, and Space, so 0D, 0A, and 20.

See that there?

4F 00 6E 00 65 00 56 00 69 00 65 00 77 00 20 00 49 00 6E 00 74 00 65 00 72 00 6E 00
65 00 74 00 20 00 4C 00 6F 00 67 00 69 00 6E 00 00 00 00 00 15 00 00 00 18

That's One View Internet Login. I converted from Hex to ASCII/UTF16. There's lots of online Hex to String Convertors where you can just paste this into a text box. I can also put the string above into a PowerShell string and convert it like this:

$HEXDATA.Split(“ “) | FOREACH {WRITE-HOST –object ( [CHAR][BYTE]([CONVERT]::toint16($_,16))) –nonewline }

There it is, OneView Internet Login. The title of the portal was cached along with the original URL (google.com) and the location to the favicon. When IE hits the page it shows what it has and then corrects it as soon as it gets the current title.

image

What's not clear to me is why this never expired. This title sat around for a year, at least. Maybe an IE engineer will read this and answer in the comments. If they do I will update the post with their answer.

The Good News is that if you delete the history record manually as seen at the very top of this post, that delete will roam and automatically fix this issue on all your machines (to be clear, all those that are logged in with the same Microsoft Account and roaming your browser data.

Remember, Dear Reader, the Internet (and your computer and its operating system) is not a black box. Look inside.


Sponsor: Big thanks to the folks over at Grape City for sponsoring the feed this week. GrapeCity provides amazing development tools to enhance and extend application functionality. Whether it is .NET, HTML5/JavaScript, Reporting or Spreadsheets, they’ve got you covered. Download your free trial of ComponentOne Studio, ActiveReports, Spread and Wijmo.



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How to set a Network to a “Private Network” in Windows 8.1

A while back Windows introduced this concept of public networks and private networks. Basically it comes down to a question of “do I mostly trust this network?” However, it’s never been totally obvious how to change this back and forth. There’s lots of posts on the internet explaining how, but most are pretty complex with a lot of steps.

The most common reason to want Windows to treat the current network as a Private Network is so you can have someone connect to your machine, either share files over SMB, or connect via Remote Desktop (RDP). I hit this issue probably once a month where I can’t figure out why I can’t see this machine over Remote Desktop, and it’s because it thinks I’m on a Public Network.

One technique is to go to Network within Windows Explorer and try to get this yellow bar to show up.

Network Discovery and file Sharing are turned off. Network Computers and devices are not visible.

Clicking on it will give you a choice that isn’t clear to Non-Technical Family Member.

Do you want to turn on Network discovery and file sharing for all public networks? NO

No is the right answer, always. But this is a bad dialog because it looks like a Sophie’s Choice.

You WANT to treat THIS NETWORK – the one you are on – as a Private Network. Select No.

A better, clearer way to change a Network to Private Network

  • Press the Windows Key + W to search Settings.
  • Type “Network Connections” and Press Enter

Windows 8.1 Network Connections

  • Click on your Network
  • Turn “Find PCs and Content” to ON. This Network is now a Private Network.

Find Devices and Content

Don’t believe me? Bring it up side by side with the Classic Network Center and watch it switch back and forth in real-time!

Switching a Network Private in Windows 8
Switching a Network Public in Windows 8

I hope this helps you out as much as it did me!


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A while back Windows introduced this concept of public networks and private networks. Basically it comes down to a question of "do I mostly trust this network?" However, it's never been totally obvious how to change this back and forth. There's lots of posts on the internet explaining how, but most are pretty complex with a lot of steps.

The most common reason to want Windows to treat the current network as a Private Network is so you can have someone connect to your machine, either share files over SMB, or connect via Remote Desktop (RDP). I hit this issue probably once a month where I can't figure out why I can't see this machine over Remote Desktop, and it's because it thinks I'm on a Public Network.

One technique is to go to Network within Windows Explorer and try to get this yellow bar to show up.

Network Discovery and file Sharing are turned off. Network Computers and devices are not visible.

Clicking on it will give you a choice that isn't clear to Non-Technical Family Member.

Do you want to turn on Network discovery and file sharing for all public networks? NO

No is the right answer, always. But this is a bad dialog because it looks like a Sophie's Choice.

You WANT to treat THIS NETWORK - the one you are on - as a Private Network. Select No.

A better, clearer way to change a Network to Private Network

  • Press the Windows Key + W to search Settings.
  • Type "Network Connections" and Press Enter

Windows 8.1 Network Connections

  • Click on your Network
  • Turn "Find PCs and Content" to ON. This Network is now a Private Network.

Find Devices and Content

Don't believe me? Bring it up side by side with the Classic Network Center and watch it switch back and forth in real-time!

Switching a Network Private in Windows 8
Switching a Network Public in Windows 8

I hope this helps you out as much as it did me!


Sponsor: Big thanks to the folks over at Grape City for sponsoring the feed this week. GrapeCity provides amazing development tools to enhance and extend application functionality. Whether it is .NET, HTML5/JavaScript, Reporting or Spreadsheets, they’ve got you covered. Download your free trial of ComponentOne Studio, ActiveReports, Spread and Wijmo.


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Quake Mode Console for Visual Studio – Open a Command Prompt with a hotkey

Back in March of 2013 when Phil Haack was deep into GitHub for Windows development we were going back and forth in email about how to quickly get into a shell from a specific project. I hate always having to paste in a “CD somedirectory” so I usually use some kind of “Command Prompt Here” right click menu.

TIP: A lot of people don’t realize that you can Shift-Right-Click on a folder in Windows Explorer and you’ll automatically get a “Command Prompt Here” menu item!

Anyway, Phil and I were emailing and he said (remember that GitHub for Windows (GHfW) was in development)…and I’ve always loved how the Quake console pops up when you press ~ in Quake.

I feel ashamed I didn’t know this, but I just discovered that CTRL+ALT+D brings up the shell when in GHfW. We are considering ways to make our keyboard shortcuts more discoverable. Kind of like the `?` support we have on GitHub.com. We should totally make that a ~ shouldn’t we? Like in Quake, Doom, etc.

And they did. When you’re in GitHub for Windows just press ~ and you’ll automatically get a new command prompt (or Bash Shell or PowerShell) and be dropped in to the current folder’s directory. It’s my most favorite feature about GitHub for Windows.

I mentioned this to Mads Kristensen yesterday and said we should build this feature into Visual Studio. Rather than waiting, he just created a little single purpose extension called Open Command Line. It works in Visual Studio 2012, 2013, and 2015.

Open Command Line

But it’s the hotkeys that make it awesome. Now I’m not sure how I lived without it. Alt-Space and it opens up a prompt right where I need it. Go download the Open Command Line free Visual Studio extension now, and remember, it works in Visual Studio Community which is also free! You can set it to open CMD, PowerShell, or a custom prompt.

Oh, by the way, the overlay there that shows what hotkey I’m using, that’s Carnac.

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Back in March of 2013 when Phil Haack was deep into GitHub for Windows development we were going back and forth in email about how to quickly get into a shell from a specific project. I hate always having to paste in a "CD somedirectory" so I usually use some kind of "Command Prompt Here" right click menu.

TIP: A lot of people don't realize that you can Shift-Right-Click on a folder in Windows Explorer and you'll automatically get a "Command Prompt Here" menu item!

Anyway, Phil and I were emailing and he said (remember that GitHub for Windows (GHfW) was in development)...and I've always loved how the Quake console pops up when you press ~ in Quake.

I feel ashamed I didn't know this, but I just discovered that CTRL+ALT+D brings up the shell when in GHfW. We are considering ways to make our keyboard shortcuts more discoverable. Kind of like the `?` support we have on GitHub.com. We should totally make that a ~ shouldn't we? Like in Quake, Doom, etc.

And they did. When you're in GitHub for Windows just press ~ and you'll automatically get a new command prompt (or Bash Shell or PowerShell) and be dropped in to the current folder's directory. It's my most favorite feature about GitHub for Windows.

I mentioned this to Mads Kristensen yesterday and said we should build this feature into Visual Studio. Rather than waiting, he just created a little single purpose extension called Open Command Line. It works in Visual Studio 2012, 2013, and 2015.

Open Command Line

But it's the hotkeys that make it awesome. Now I'm not sure how I lived without it. Alt-Space and it opens up a prompt right where I need it. Go download the Open Command Line free Visual Studio extension now, and remember, it works in Visual Studio Community which is also free! You can set it to open CMD, PowerShell, or a custom prompt.

Oh, by the way, the overlay there that shows what hotkey I'm using, that's Carnac.

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