A Beginner’s Guide to Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal is a multi-tabbed terminal emulator designed for Windows operating systems. It supports multiple profiles and offers numerous customization options to give the ultimate terminal experience.

Software that fits our individual preferences makes life simpler, which is why Microsoft created Windows Terminal for modern versions of Windows, including the new Store and Subsystem for Linux.


Community contributors have expanded the functionality of Windows Terminal through open source development, adding features such as background images and gifs, retro effects, tab coloring, visual customization options for settings and behaviors, display of executable files with their associated package files or download progress bars, custom colors schemes.

Windows Terminal’s tab management system is another stand-out feature. This application enables you to easily create multiple command prompt tabs that can be opened simultaneously; switching between them using mouse or keyboard shortcuts; reorder them by dragging and dropping; as well as close or color them for easier identification.

Windows Terminal is compatible with a wide range of command line applications, including PowerShell and Command Prompt, Azure Cloud Shell and any Linux shell distributed through the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Furthermore, it supports Unicode and UTF-8 characters, meaning it can display emojis and other symbols from various languages.

Apps such as this provide users with many font properties, including color and size options for customizing font properties to their needs on an “Appearance” page. Furthermore, users may control background opacity as well as enable acrylic material for providing semitransparent blur to terminal windows.

Windows Terminal can also be launched with specific configuration settings through command line arguments, enabling a truly personalized user experience and ensuring the right settings are loaded when starting up the app. It’s even possible to save configurations in a json file for easy sharing and storage – perfect if needing to restore them after rebooting! Alternatively, pin it directly to your Start menu or taskbar for easy access.


Microsoft is finally unveiling an updated host application for command-line shells such as Command Prompt and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), called Windows Terminal. It features multiple tab support, theming options and even features such as open source fonts with advanced text rendering engines – this guide will walk you through installing and setting Windows Terminal as your default terminal app as well as configuring various settings.

If you are running Windows 10, the Microsoft Store provides access to Windows Terminal; however, for those interested in exploring its cutting-edge preview features you can manually download and install from GitHub instead.

Once installed, Windows Terminal can be easily accessed by clicking its icon in the taskbar or using Ctrl + T. By default, PowerShell will launch when opening this app; to change this behavior simply change its “Starting directory” setting in its settings menu to your preferred directory location.

Once your settings have been configured, the new Windows Terminal can be used. To launch a profile, use either the drop-down menu or keyboard shortcut; automatically generated profiles will cover WSL distros and Command Prompt environments installed on your PC – though additional profiles can also be created if more than one of each type are necessary.

Windows Terminal also comes equipped with an settings GUI to help customize themes, colors, backgrounds and key bindings to meet your individual preferences. The default JSON settings file provides you with ample opportunities for customizing the terminal according to your individual needs; you can edit this as needed through editing its contents directly or editing its JSON file stored by the terminal application itself. In addition, the Settings GUI also enables you to change certain aspects such as background opacity and acrylic material options.

The newly integrated Windows Terminal features many sought-after features that many have long desired. No matter if you are an experienced or novice developer, this new environment will help you accomplish more in less time. Take time to customize its look and behavior to your expectations; should any issues arise visit GitHub to report a bug.


Microsoft already brought Linux command line capabilities to Windows, but now they’ve taken it a step further by offering a native terminal experience on their platform. Windows Terminal provides a modern host app for command-line shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell and bash (via the Windows Subsystem for Linux), while providing browser-like tabs, multi-window support, text rendering on GPU and Unicode and UTF-8 character support – as well as offering an intuitive user experience that’s more straightforward to navigate and easier than ever to navigate and navigate!

Windows Terminal can be downloaded free from Microsoft Store and preinstalled as part of an OEM or system integrator’s Windows images using MSIX bundle installation, with automatic updates from that source available via network connectivity.

This app supports multiple profiles which are stored as Registry.profile files. Each profile features its own color scheme, layout and shortcuts; you can configure your default profile in the settings menu or by using Ctrl+Shift+T or + icon; additional profiles may also be pinned directly onto your taskbar for easy access. Each profile is automatically generated; you may opt out in global settings if this feature proves disruptive – typically you’ll receive profiles for PowerShell, CMD prompt and any WSL distributions installed by default.

Though the app itself is relatively stable, there may still be issues. One such issue is its auto-hide behavior which interferes with typing. To disable it, open up Settings app and navigate to Mouse settings; select Advanced mouse settings then disable “Hide cursor while typing” option in Advanced mouse settings.

Problem: Sometimes the terminal UI doesn’t correctly display emojis in certain contexts. To work around this, download and install PSReadline version 2.0.3 or later; alternatively you could also enable emojis as shortcut icons in jumplist settings by changing their image file name.

If your application is giving you problems, try running System Restore to revert back to a point before recent apps, drivers, and updates caused issues. While it won’t solve every problem right away, it can serve as an invaluable starting point if you find yourself stumped.


Microsoft recently unveiled Windows Terminal as an upgraded version of their Command Prompt program, offering greater customizability than its predecessor and including some exciting new features.

Running multiple shells simultaneously in the same window is an interesting new capability, enabling you to use PowerShell, Command Prompt and even Linux (through the Windows Subsystem for Linux) simultaneously in different windows. Furthermore, multiple profiles are supported so you can switch quickly between them.

Windows Terminal is an ideal tool for AI entrepreneurs who rely on scripting languages and other tools to develop, train and deploy AI models. Being prepared and using the right tool at the appropriate moment are paramount in such an ever-evolving industry.

Another key feature of the updated version is its capability of speeding up text rendering by employing GPU processing for output, thus helping improve program performance on older systems.

One thing still lacking, however, is the ability to use simple commands like ls to access files in the file system and view their contents. Being able to see what files are being utilized within directories could be especially useful when working with large project folders.

You can use various keyboard shortcuts to navigate around your window and its panes. The default key combination is Ctrl+Shift+P. Additionally, windows may be split vertically or horizontally and additional panes added above, below or right of their focused pane.

Create a read-only pane by setting an input ‘blocking mode’; this prevents any input from reaching the text buffer and can come in handy if editing a document on terminal without wanting it to change when closing tab.

Customize the look and feel of your terminal by changing its color scheme, text display settings, backgrounds and fonts – examples can be found on Microsoft Learn’s site as tutorials for customizing terminal appearance.

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