Customize powershell window title

Posted on 2016-07-15
Last Modified: 2016-07-15
I have having my PowerShell prompt be the really long directory name it sometimes is, so I put it in my title.  In my profile.ps1 file I have the following lines to set my window title to my current path:

$NewTitle="Dir: " + (get-location).toString()

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This code has two problems.  The first is that it only seems to work on startup of a shell and isn't refreshed with each command or change of directory.  The second problem is that even this can be too long to fit in my title.  How can I add a function to my ps1 file to change my window title as follows:

1) If the whole directory path fits in the window title, use it
2) If the path doesn't fit, make the window title the following:
   a) First 3 directories, e.g. "C:\Users\Derek" + ...
   b) The remainder of the title to be the path that fits in the title, starting from the end.
If, for example, my path is

This is about 102 characters and let's say the title can only be 75 (I don't know the real #).
With these, I would want my window title to be :

How can this be done in PowerShell (auto change title & new title text)?
Question by:ugeb
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 41713668
wrap it in a function called 'prompt'
function prompt {
$NewTitle="Dir: " + (get-location).toString()

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ID: 41713673
This doesn't address the real question of how to have the shortened text. How do I do that?
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Accepted Solution

David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 41713690
function prompt {
$newtitle = 'Dir: '+ (get-location).tostring()
if (($newtitle.Length) -ge 75){
    $split = $newtitle.split('/')
    $dir = $split[0]+ '\'+ $split[1]+'\'+$split[2] + '\'+ $split[3] + '\...\'+$split[$split.count-3] + '\'+$split[$split.Count-2]
    if ($dir.Length -ge 75) {
        $dir = $split[0]+ '\'+ $split[1]+'\'+$split[2] + '\'+ $split[3] + '\...\'+$split[$split.Count-2]
else {$dir= $newtitle}

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 41713727
That works great, thank you!  (Worked perfectly once I found the small typo in split using "/" instead of "\").
Thanks again!

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