Windows TerminalÂ is a modern host application for the command-line shells you already love, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via 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.
You can set Windows Terminal to eitherÂ Open a tab with the default profileÂ orÂ Open windows from a previous sessionÂ when Terminal starts.
When set toÂ Open a tab with the default profile, Windows Terminal will start a new session by opening a single tab with yourÂ default profile.
When set toÂ Open windows from a previous session, this enables Windows Terminal to save the layout of open windows (tabs) on close and restore all saved windows on starting a new session. Windows Terminal will save the layout of all open windows automatically to assist with restoration from crashes and will also save the layout when using the quit action. Additionally, closing the last open window by clicking theÂ
XÂ button or using theÂ
closeWindowÂ command will save the layout of that last window.
This tutorial will show you how to change what should show when Windows Terminal opens for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.