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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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Enable or Disable Remove trailing white-space in rectangular selection in Windows Terminal

In Windows Terminal Preview, you can turn on or off Remove trailing white-space in rectangular selection. When turned on and you copy text in a rectangular (block) selection to the clipboard, trailing white-spaces are removed from each line. When turned off, the white-spaces are preserved, ensuring that all lines have the same length.

To copy text in a rectangular (block) selection, hold down the Alt key, right-click, and drag your mouse over the text area you want to select. This can be useful for selecting text columns, etc.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable remove trailing white-space in rectangular selection in Windows Terminal for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Default Terminal Application in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 21390, you can now select Windows Console Host (default) or Windows Terminal Preview v1.9.1445.0 or higher as the default terminal application (emulator).

This means that any command line application (ex: PowerShell, command prompt, etc…) will launch inside your selected terminal emulator by default.

If you select¬†Windows Terminal Preview, then when you open any command line application (ex: PowerShell, command prompt,¬†WSL, etc…), it will open inside Windows Terminal Preview by default.

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

This tutorial will show you how to change the default terminal application to Windows Console Host or Windows Terminal Preview for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Open Windows Terminal Quake Mode in Windows 10

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.

Starting with Windows Terminal v1.9.1445.0, Windows Terminal now comes with quake mode. Quake mode allows you to quickly open a new terminal instance from anywhere in Windows by typing Win + `. The quake window will appear on the top half of your screen and can easily be dismissed with the same keyboard shortcut.

This tutorial will show you how to open Windows Terminal quake mode in Windows 10.

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Add or Remove “Open in Windows Terminal” expandable context menu in Windows 10

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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337, Windows Terminal is now an inbox app.

Windows 10 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default that opens the default profile when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not allow you to select which Windows Terminal shell profile to open.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a custom Open in Windows Terminal expandable context menu for all users in Windows 10.

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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How to Change Cursor Shape of Windows Terminal Profile in Windows 10

You can select the cursor shape of a profile in Windows Terminal to be Vintage, Bar (default), Underscore, Double underscore, Filled box, or Empty box.

If you select the Vintage cursor, you can set its height from 25 to 100 percent.

This tutorial will show you how to cursor shape of Windows Terminal profiles for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Background Color and Image of Windows Terminal in Windows 10

All shell profiles in Windows Terminal use a black solid color background by default.

If you like, you can change the default background color, set to use the desktop wallpaper as the background image for profiles, or use a selected custom background image for profiles.

If you select to use the desktop wallpaper or custom background image for a profile, you can select the stretch mode, alignment, and opacity to use for the background image in the Windows Terminal profile.

This tutorial will show you how to change the background color and image of Windows Terminal profiles for your account in Windows 10.

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Add or Remove “Open in Windows Terminal as administrator” context menu in Windows 10

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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337, Windows Terminal is now an inbox app.

Windows 10 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 10.

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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Turn On or Off Use Active Tab Title on Windows Terminal Title Bar in Windows 10

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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337, Windows Terminal is now an inbox app.

When Use active terminal title as application title is turned on, the Windows Terminal title bar displays the title of the selected tab.

When¬†Use active terminal title as application title¬†is turned off, the Windows Terminal title bar displays “Windows Terminal”.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off displaying active tab title on the title bar for the Windows Terminal app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Set Dark or Light Theme in Windows Terminal in Windows 10

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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337, Windows Terminal is now an inbox app.

You can set the theme of the Windows Terminal app to use the same Windows theme, light theme, or dark theme.

This tutorial will show you how to set to use a dark or light theme for the Windows Terminal app for your account in Windows 10.

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