Windows Terminal released with new settings UI and more


Microsoft has released Windows Terminal 1.7 and Windows Terminal Preview 1.8 with some long-awaited features and improvements.

For those unaware, Windows Terminal is an open-source terminal application that allows you to open multiple console tabs in the same Window. For example, you can open Command Prompt in one tab, PowerShell in another, and WSL command line in the third tab.

Windows Terminal with three open consoles

Unlike Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell, Terminal also lets you create custom profiles for each of your command line applications and enable different backgrounds, keyboard shortcuts, or other options.

Windows Terminal is released in both a stable release and a preview release that can be download from the Microsoft Store and Github. The current stable release is 1.7, while the Preview version is 1.8.

New GUI settings come to general release

The most significant change coming to Windows Terminal 1.7 is the new GUI ‘Settings’ interface by default. This Settings UI allows you to configure the Terminal’s settings and features more easily than configuration files.

Windows Terminal new GUI settings screen
Windows Terminal new GUI settings screen

As shown in the above screenshot, the new Settings page lets you configure the existing profile, change its appearance, and advanced settings.

Changes in Windows Terminal 1.8

Not to be outdone by the Settings UI, Windows Terminal 1.8 also includes many new features, which we have outlined below.

Open profile in a new window

Terminal now supports Shift+Click keyboard + mouse shortcut to open a profile in a new window.

“This functionality is added to the already-existing feature of holding Alt and clicking on a profile to open it in a new pane,” Microsoft explains.

Unfocused appearance settings

In version 1.8, you can add the “unfocusedAppearance” setting into your profile’s configuration to enable a different appearance for a profile when it’s unfocused.

// Sets the profile's background image opacity to 0.3 when it is unfocused
    "backgroundImageOpacity": 0.3

As you can see below, this causes the console tabs to become slightly opaque when they are not being used.

Unfocused appearance

You can now name your Windows Terminal consoles

If you have multiple Windows Terminal windows open, Microsoft just made it easier to find them and launch new consoles within them.

Currently, multiple Windows Terminal windows can make it confusing and difficult to find the particular Window you are looking for. With this update, Microsoft now lets you rename any Terminal window to a custom name so it can be more easily found.

Improved settings

You can now change the font by using a dropdown instead of typing out the font name.


New command-line arguments

Windows Terminal Preview 1.8 introduces two new command-line arguments that specify whether you wish to suppress or show the application title.

These new commands are --suppressApplicationTitle and --useApplicationTitle.

“These new additions allow you to specify if you’d like a certain profile to suppress application title changes upon launch when using the command line. More information on the suppress application title setting can be found on our docs site,” explains Microsoft.

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