ConEmu setup

Where settings are stored

ConEmu may store its settings in the Windows registry (HKCU), or in the ConEmu.xml file.

Registry

All settings are stored in registry in the following key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ConEmu\.Vanilla]

When You specify the /config switch in the ConEmu.exe command line settings will be stored here:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ConEmu\<configname>]

ConEmu.xml

Any ConEmu installation may be ‘portable’, i.e. it may store settings in the xml files. But it may use Windows registry too.

In most cases you will choose settings storage location at the first start.

Read more about settings storage options:

Manual change of settings

So, You want to change a few settings, which are absent in the Settings dialog. List and description of each setting You may find in the Settings-ConEmu.reg or ConEmu_Sample.xml files.

Using registry

Go to Registry editor (be careful!) and change appropriate value in the ConEmu subkeys:

  • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ConEmu\.Vanilla], when /config switch is not used;
  • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ConEmu\<configname>], when /config switch specified in the ConEmu command line.

Using ConEmu.xml

Open ConEmu.xml file using any text editor (Far Manager, Notepad, Vim and so on) find appropriate value and change it.

Settings dialog

You may open settings dialog in several ways

  • Choosing «Settings…» menu item in ConEmu system menu, which can be opened
  • by right-clicking on the ‘Menu’ icon on the toolbar
  • by right-clicking on the window title
  • by left-clicking on the icon in the ConEmu title bar
  • by pressing Win+Alt+Space on the keyboard
  • by right-clicking on the ConEmu (running) icon in the taskbar (in Windows 7 you must hold down Shift key)
  • by right-clicking on the ConEmu icon in TSA (if you enable TSA feature)
  • Or, you may press Win+Alt+P on the keyboard (predefined hotkey)

Common controls

Save settings

Almost all changes in options are applied immediately when you change them. But if you want these changes persist on next ConEmu start, you have to press ‘Save settings’ button.

NB Button ‘Save settings’ may be disabled when settings file is write-protected or ConEmu was started with -basic switch. You may store changes in another xml file by pressing button Export….

Export…

Click it, you need to make a copy of your settings in the xml file.

Look up an option

If you can’t find a desired option the easiest way to do that is ‘Search field’. Just press Ctrl+F in the Settings dialog, type something, the ‘title’ for example, and wait a bit. ConEmu would activate appropriate page and show the hint on the found control. You may use Enter or ‘Lens icon’ in the search field to find next occurrence of the string.

Main

ConEmu settings, Main page

Size and Pos

ConEmu settings, Size and position page

Appearance

ConEmu settings, Appearance page

Background

ConEmu settings, Background page

Tabs

ConEmu settings, Tabs page

Confirm

ConEmu settings, Confirm page

Task bar

ConEmu settings, Task bar page

Automatic update

ConEmu settings, Update page

Startup

ConEmu settings, Startup page

Tasks

ConEmu settings, Tasks page

ComSpec

ConEmu settings, Comspec page

Environment

ConEmu settings, Environment page

Features

ConEmu settings, Features page

RealConsole font

ConEmu settings, RealConsole font

Text cursor

ConEmu settings, Text cursor page

Colors

ConEmu settings, Colors page

ConEmu settings, Predefines palettes

Transparency

ConEmu settings, Transparency page

Status bar

ConEmu settings, Status bar page

App distinct

ConEmu settings, App distinct page

ConEmu settings, App distinct page

ConEmu settings, App distinct page

Integration

ConEmu settings, Integration page

Default Terminal

ConEmu settings, DefTerm page

Keys and Macro

ConEmu settings, Keys and Macro page

ConEmu settings, Few GuiMacros

Controls

ConEmu settings, Controls page

Mark and Copy

ConEmu settings, Text selection

Paste

ConEmu settings, Paste page

Highlight

ConEmu settings, Highlight page

Far Manager

ConEmu settings, Far Manager page

Far macros

ConEmu settings, Far macros page

Far Views

This is settings for ‘Panel Views’ Far Manager plugin.

ConEmu settings, Views page

Info

ConEmu settings, Info page

Debug

Enables advanced logging of console processes creation, ANSI output and keypresses.

ConEmu settings, Debug page