Customizing your AWS CloudShell experience - AWS CloudShell

Customizing your AWS CloudShell experience

You can customize the following aspects of your AWS CloudShell experience:

  • Tabs layout: Split the command line interface into multiple columns and rows.

  • Font size: Adjust the size of the command line text.

  • Color theme: Switch between a light and dark theme.

  • Safe Paste: Enable or disable a feature that requires you to verify multiline text before it's pasted.

You can also extend your shell environment by installing your own software and modifying start-up shell scripts.

Splitting the command line display into multiple tabs

With this productivity feature, you can run multiple commands by splitting your command line interface into several panes.

Note

When multiple tabbed panes are open, you can select one to work in by clicking anywhere in the pane. You can close a tab by choosing the x symbol next to the Region name.

  • Choose Actions and one of the following options from Tabs layout:

    • New tab: Add a new tab beside the currently active one.

    • Split into rows: Add a new tab in a row below the currently active one.

    • Split into columns: Add a new tab in a column beside the currently active one.

    If there's not enough space to display each tab fully, scroll bars allow you to navigate the interface. You can also select the split bars that separate panes and drag them using the pointer to increase or reduce the pane size.

Changing font size

You can increase or decrease the size of the text that's displayed in the command line interface.

  1. Choose Preferences, Font Size.

  2. Choose a text size between Smallest and Largest.

Changing the interface theme

You can switch between a light and dark theme for the command line interface.

  1. Choose Preferences, Color Theme.

  2. Choose Light or Dark.

Using Safe Paste for multiline text

Safe Paste is a security feature that asks you to verify that multiline text that you're about to paste into the shell doesn't contain malicious scripts. Text copied from third-party sites can contain hidden code that triggers unexpected behaviors in your shell environment.

The Safe Paste dialog displays the complete text that you've copied to your clipboard. If you're satisfied that there's no security risk, you can choose Paste.


             Safe page dialog displays text to be verified before pasting.

We recommend that you enable Safe Paste to catch potential security risks in scripts. But you can switch this feature on or off by choosing Preferences, Enable Safe Paste/Disable Safe Paste.