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Check Windows Terminal Version in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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.

This tutorial will show you how to check the current version of Windows Terminal in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Rename Tab Title in Windows Terminal in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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.

By default, the tab title is set to the shell’s title. If a tab is composed of multiple¬†panes, the tab’s title is set to that of the currently focused pane.

You can rename a tab for the current terminal session, or set the tab title for a profile used for every terminal instance.

This tutorial will show you how to rename a tab title in Windows Terminal for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Resize Panes in Windows Terminal in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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.

Panes give you the ability to run multiple command-line applications next to each other within the same tab. This minimizes the need to switch between tabs and lets you see multiple prompts at once.

You can adjust the size of your panes in Windows Terminal.

This tutorial will show you how to resize panes in Windows Terminal for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Open and Close Panes in Windows Terminal in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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.

Panes give you the ability to run multiple command-line applications next to each other within the same tab. This minimizes the need to switch between tabs and lets you see multiple prompts at once.

You can either create a new vertical or horizontal pane in Windows Terminal. Splitting vertically will open a new pane to the right of the focused pane and splitting horizontally will open a new pane below the focused pane.

This tutorial will show you how to open and close panes in Windows Terminal for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Windows Terminal Launch Size in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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 change Windows Terminal launch size for the number of rows and columns displayed in the terminal window upon first load.

  • Columns¬†= This is the number of character columns displayed in the window upon first load. If¬†launch mode¬†is set to “Maximized” or “Maximized focus”, this property is ignored.
  • Rows¬†= This is the number of rows displayed in the window upon first load. If¬†launch mode¬†is set to “Maximized” or “Maximized focus”, this property is ignored.

This tutorial will show you how to change Windows Terminal launch column (width) and row (height) size for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Windows Terminal Language in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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.

Windows Terminal uses the system default language by default, but you can select a preferred language to use in Windows Terminal instead.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Windows Terminal language for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Windows Terminal Tab Width Mode in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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 change the Tab width mode setting to set the width of the tabs in Windows Terminal to one of the following modes:

  • Equal¬†makes each tab the same width.
  • Title length¬†sizes each tab to the length of its title.
  • Compact¬†will shrink every inactive tab to the width of the icon, leaving the active tab more space to display its full title.

This tutorial will show you how to change Windows Terminal tab width mode for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Windows Terminal New Instance Behavior in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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 select a New instance behavior setting below to control how new terminal instances attach to existing terminal windows.

  • Create a new window¬†= Create a new window, always. This is how the terminal always behaved prior to version 1.7.
  • Attach to the most recently used window¬†= Create new tabs in the most recently used window on this desktop. If there’s not an existing window on this¬†virtual desktop, then create a new terminal window.
  • Attach to the most recently used window on this desktop¬†= Create new tabs in the most recently used window, regardless of which¬†virtual desktop¬†the window is on.

This tutorial will show you how to change Windows Terminal new instance behavior for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable “Do you want to close all tabs” in Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal 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.

When you close Windows Terminal with more than one tab open, a¬†Do you want to close all tabs¬†confirmation dialog will appear to ensure you’d like to close all your tabs.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Windows Terminal Do you want to close all tabs confirmation dialog for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Windows Terminal Launch Mode in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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.

Launch mode defines whether the terminal will launch as maximized, full screen, focus, or maximized focus. Setting this to focus is equivalent to launching the terminal in the default mode, but with focus mode enabled. Similarly, setting this to maximized focus will result in launching the terminal in a maximized window with focus mode enabled.

This tutorial will show you how to change Windows Terminal launch mode for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Behavior when Windows Terminal Starts in Windows 11

Windows Terminal 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 either Open a tab with the default profile or Open windows from a previous session when Terminal starts.

When set to Open a tab with the default profile, Windows Terminal will start a new session by opening a single tab with your default profile.

When set to 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 the X button or using the closeWindow 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.

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Open Windows Terminal in Quake Mode in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application included in Windows 11 for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Windows Terminal comes with¬†quake mode. “Quake mode” is the name for the special mode the terminal enters when naming a window¬†_quake. When a window is in quake mode:

  • The terminal is automatically snapped to the top half of the monitor.
  • The window can no longer be resized horizontally or from the top. It can only be resized on the bottom.
  • The window automatically enters focus mode (note that you may have multiple tabs in focus mode).
  • When¬†windowingBehavior¬†is set to¬†"useExisting"¬†or¬†"useAnyExisting", they will ignore the existence of the _quake window.
  • When minimized, the window will be hidden from the taskbar and from¬†Alt¬†+¬†Tab.
  • Only one window may be the quake mode window at a time.

This tutorial will show you how to open Windows Terminal in quake mode in Windows 11.

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Change Default Terminal Application in Windows 11

A default terminal is the terminal emulator that launches by default when opening a command line application. Starting from the dawn of Windows, the default terminal emulator has always been the Windows Console Host, conhost.exe. This means that shells such as Command Prompt and PowerShell have always opened inside the Windows Console Host.

For a long time, users have not been easily able to replace the console host. There were definitely third parties who hooked the OS to make it possible, but it was never truly supported. Now, we are opening up the functionality to allow for other terminals to be set as default, including Windows Terminal.

On Windows 11, you are able to set Windows Console Host (default) or Windows Terminal as the default terminal application.

  • If you select¬†Windows Terminal, then when you open any command line application (ex: PowerShell, command prompt, WSL, etc…), it will open inside Windows Terminal by default.
  • If you select¬†Windows Console Host, then when you open any command line application (ex: PowerShell, command prompt, WSL, etc…), it will open in its own console window.

Over the course of 2022, Microsoft is planning to make Windows Terminal the default experience on Windows 11 devices. Microsoft will start with the Windows Insider Program and start moving through rings until we reach everyone on Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default terminal application to Windows Console Host or Windows Terminal for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Always On Top for Windows Terminal in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

If you enable always on top mode in Windows Terminal, Windows Terminal windows will launch and stay on top of all other windows on the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always on top mode for the Windows Terminal app for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Open in Windows Terminal” context menu in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Windows 11 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not open Windows Terminal elevated (run as administrator).

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Open in Windows Terminal context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Change Default Profile in Windows Terminal app in Windows 11

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Windows Terminal uses Windows PowerShell as the default shell profile when you open the Windows Terminal app.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default shell profile to use when you open the Windows Terminal app for your account in Windows 11.

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Add “Open in Windows Terminal” expandable context menu in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

See also: An overview on Windows Terminal

Windows 11 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not open Windows Terminal elevated (run as administrator).

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a custom Open in Windows Terminal expandable context menu for all users in Windows 11.

The Open in Windows Terminal expandable context menu will allow you to select to open Windows Terminal to the current folder path with the default shell profile, Command Prompt shell profile, or Windows PowerShell shell profile.

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Add “Open in Windows Terminal as administrator” context menu in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

See also: An overview on Windows Terminal

Windows 11 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not open Windows Terminal elevated (run as administrator).

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Open in Windows Terminal as administrator context menu for all users in Windows 11.

The Open in Windows Terminal as administrator context menu will allow you to select to open an elevated Windows Terminal to the current folder path with the default shell profile, Command Prompt shell profile, or Windows PowerShell shell profile.

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Open Elevated Windows Terminal as Administrator in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

This tutorial will show you different ways to open an elevated Windows Terminal to Run as Administrator in Windows 11.

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Open Windows Terminal in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

This tutorial will show you different ways to open Windows Terminal in Windows 11.

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