Let’s check the new Windows Terminal in Windows 11. Windows Terminal is a multi-tabbed command-line front-end that Microsoft has added default with the latest Windows 11. It can run any command-line app, including all Windows terminal emulators, in a separate tab, preconfigured to run Command Prompt, PowerShell, WSL, SSH, and Azure Cloud Shell Connector.
Microsoft continually works to improve the settings UI experience. The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools.
Here you can learn more about the latest Windows 11 Insider preview Build (22000.65) that brings a lot of improvements to Windows 11. More details about how to Upgrade to Windows 11 and how to register to Windows 11 Insider Program Registration Process.
What is Windows Terminal?
According to Microsoft, Windows Terminal is a modern terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.
Benefits of Using Windows Terminal
- Multiple profiles supporting a variety of command line applications – Any application that has a command line interface can be run inside Windows Terminal. This includes everything from PowerShell and Command Prompt to Azure Cloud Shell and any WSL distribution such as Ubuntu or Oh-My-Zsh.
- Customized schemes and configurations – You can configure your Windows Terminal to have a variety of color schemes and settings. To learn how to make your own color scheme, visit the Color schemes page.
- Custom actions – There are a variety of custom commands you can use in Windows Terminal to have it feel more natural to you.
- Unicode and UTF-8 character support – Windows Terminal can display Unicode and UTF-8 characters such as emoji and characters from a variety of languages.
- Background image support – Windows Terminal uses the GPU to render its text, thus providing improved performance over the default Windows command line experience.
- Command line arguments – You can have background images and gifs inside your Windows Terminal window.
- GPU accelerated text rendering – You can set Windows Terminal to launch in a specific configuration using command line arguments. You can specify which profile to open in a new tab, which folder directory should be selected, open the terminal with split window panes, and choose which tab should be in focus.
There are multiple options to access Windows Terminal in Windows 11, Let’s see the quickest way to open.
How to Open Windows Terminal in Windows 11
Here’s how you can access Windows Terminal directly from Windows desktop –
Right-click on your Desktop. Select Windows Terminal.
Open Windows Terminal from Search
In Windows 11 device, click Search Icon located at the desktop or click the Start Menu button –
- Type Windows Terminal into the Search box.
- Click on Windows Terminal to open or choose how you want to launch.
Set your Default Terminal Profile
When you open Windows Terminal, it will start with the PowerShell command line as the default profile in the open tab
To set the default terminal profile, Let’s follow the below steps –
- Open Windows Terminal and go to the Settings UI window.
- Select Startup and choose the Default profile that you prefer.
- Here you can also setup the launch mode from listed options to get a better UI.
Search in Windows Terminal
Windows Terminal comes with a search feature that allows you to look through the text buffer for a specific keyword. This is useful when trying to find a command you had run before or for a specific file name.
By default, you can open the search dialog by typing ctrl+shift+f. Once opened, you can type the keyword you’re looking for into the text box and press Enter to search.
Rename a tab
You can right-click on a tab and select Rename Tab to rename a tab for that terminal session. Clicking this option in the context menu will change your tab title into a text field.
Color a tab
Select Color, from a predefined list of colors or you can color the tab for that terminal session.
- Windows Terminal : Overview – Microsoft Docs
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