How to Maximize Your Productivity With Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal is a free command-line tool available from Microsoft Store versions of Windows 10 that support it, as an open source project on GitHub where users can submit feedback or suggest features.

This app enhances the standard Command Prompt experience with tabbed and split screens found in Linux window managers, custom key binds, and settings for more convenient working experience.

Multiple tabs

Windows Terminal’s multi-tab design provides developers with numerous features designed to increase productivity. You can open and use multiple command tools simultaneously within one window without switching back and forth; create multiple panes in that same window in order to manage multiple projects; manage these tabs easily using hotkeys; plus it comes equipped with an improved text rendering system that offers smoother zooming!

Windows Terminal provides developers with several useful features that make it an attractive command-line environment on Windows 10. In addition to supporting command Prompt applications, WSL, PowerShell and Azure Cloud Shell Connector commands can also be run with this terminal environment. You can customize its appearance further by creating custom profiles; additionally you can change font and color settings within it as well.

Use Ctrl+T and Ctrl+Shift+T as keyboard shortcuts to switch between active panes. Pressing “Ctrl++ or Ctrl+-” will resize text size within an active pane; for full window resizing use the mouse wheel or Alt+Shift+D key combination or click any pane directly if you prefer that method of closing them all at once.

Windows Terminal makes itself more user-friendly with the option to pin profiles to the taskbar, providing developers who frequently access certain profiles with quick and easy access. Simply create a short cut with an appropriate command and pin it directly from there – adding an icon makes this even easier to recognize!

Windows Terminal features a built-in tab switcher which displays currently active tabs in a vertical list and is navigable with either keyboard or mouse. You can customize its display of tabs to show them in any order you like or add a custom image for profiles; additionally, you can set default profiles that automatically launch when clicking New Tab buttons, as well as create one which launches itself every time someone presses New Tab button.

Multiple panes

Microsoft’s new Windows Terminal provides a far more modern command line environment, featuring features like tabs and panes. By using multiple shell environments in one window instead of having to switch terminals open and closed multiple times throughout your workday, productivity increases considerably and maximizes efficiency. Furthermore, users can personalize their experience through various custom commands and settings.

By default, the wt command launches one tab with one pane, using your user profile as its starting point. You can customize this start-up layout by creating a custom key binding and specifying duplicate for splitMode property as its value argument; additional arguments include profile ID or index as per profile ID/guid/index key bindings but indexing begins at 0.

To switch focus between panes, simply click a pane with your mouse. This will move your cursor to another pane and highlight it with color on its border. For additional flexibility when adjusting pane sizes with keyboard shortcuts such as Alt + cursor up/cursor down combinations which move focus above/below current pane, respectively; or Alt Shift + cursor left/cursor right combinations which change height of current pane respectively.

Move and switch panes by clicking them or using the arrow keys to move the cursor between different panes. Or create a key binding which moves your cursor between panes while zooming the selected one to fit the terminal window completely.

If the current pane is empty, you can close it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + W or clicking on its “X” button in its tab. As each tab resizes to fit its remaining space and running shells are closed off by pressing this option, all other panes will close except this current one; or use “Close other tabs” option to temporarily close all other panes except the current tab open.

Colorful themes

Modern computers can display billions of colors, so it makes sense to customize our apps with different themes. Windows Terminal comes preloaded with several themes; you can also edit its JSON settings file and create your own. A different theme may make code easier to read while also decreasing eye strain and complementing the look of your development environment.

Themes are sets of color values that determine how various aspects of an application will appear, such as background, text and cursor colors. You can download one from an online website or design one yourself; dark or light themes will have an impactful effect on terminal window colors.

There are numerous themes available for Windows Terminal, including Birds of Paradise and Blazer designs. Each theme contains multiple color combinations that work perfectly together.

Customize the look and font size/style to optimize productivity by minimizing search time for commands.

Microsoft has implemented full theme support into its new Windows Terminal version, which will eventually replace command line console in future. They plan to release a preview version this fall with an enhanced user interface for customizing profiles’ appearances.

Windows Terminal is a free desktop program designed to let you control your terminal from the comfort of your desktop PC. It offers a wide range of features and is compatible with most operating systems. Furthermore, its simple yet clean design makes customization straightforward.

Microsoft recently unveiled a feature allowing you to change the theme in Windows Terminal. Available as part of their latest beta release of this program, this new option gives users greater control over customizing the look and feel of their terminal similar to Mac OS X’s “Color schemes” feature.

Windows Terminal now features support for themes, which allow users to customize both color and font of their terminal experience. These themes will apply across all terminals running on one computer – making personalizing terminal easier for developers looking for that ideal color palette for their work.


Windows Terminal allows you to tailor the experience more closely to you by changing a number of settings, from customizing prompt colors and themes, to tinkering with rendering settings – although most users will never need this. To access these, click on ‘Rendering’ in the sidebar of Terminal window and configure any desired options such as these:

Your options for customizing the text include setting its color and font size as well as whether or not to use text antialiasing. Furthermore, you can select how many lines will be shown in history as well as selecting their cursor shape and color. Finally, using the “Suppress Title Changes from Shell” setting you can decide how messages from other applications affect your default tab title, as well as whether or not to hide scrollbar.

One useful customization setting is being able to change keyboard shortcuts. You can assign new combinations of keys for each Action and even duplicate existing shortcuts; though any time you change a keystroke for one action it may no longer be available to users.

One of the greatest strengths of Winfetch is that it displays your current Terminal settings – especially helpful if you switch frequently between multiple command-line profiles.

Contrary to older versions of Windows, modern versions allow you to modify appearance settings for individual profiles via command line arguments. For instance, you can launch a terminal with multiple split panes and separate WSL or PowerShell profiles; this is particularly helpful when working with scripts. Furthermore, you can launch it initially with one default profile before switching over to one specific profile; saving settings for said particular profile saves you time when switching tasks; you can even change its appearance using Settings menu by choosing it before making changes directly for that window/application!

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