Windows 11’s command line tool is getting a new design for settings

Windows Terminal design

One of the most-loved open source apps by Microsoft is getting
an upgrade to match the new look and feel of Windows 11.
Microsoft appears to be working on a new settings interface for
Windows Terminal, which is the default command-line tool for
the operating system.

Images of the proposed Windows Terminal redesign appear to have
been posted on Github and then swiftly passed by Microsoft,
suggesting that a significant upgrade for Windows Terminal is
coming soon.

The updated Windows Terminal redesign is based on WinUI
controls and it includes a new settings page. This visual
makeover is set to bring Windows Terminal closer to other
Windows 11 apps, such as Windows Settings, Microsoft Paint,
Windows Notepad, Microsoft Store and more.

Windows Terminal redesign

In the PR, developer
and designer Pankaj Bhojwani explained that the new look for
Windows Terminal is set to make it look like Windows 11
Settings. This PR updates Microsoft’s setting container styles
to look like expanders, and Microsoft could also consider the
following improvements:

  • Redesigned actions page.
  • Redesigned colour schemes page.
  • This PR removes pivots in profiles as it proposes the
    implementation of breadcrumb-style, similar to Windows
    Settings.
  • Toggle switches will have text on the left instead of on
    the right

Windows Terminal for Windows 11

At the moment, it’s not clear if the new Windows Terminal will
also use Windows 11’s “design material” called Mica, which
comes under the Fluent Design. Unlike the acrylic effect,
Microsoft’s Mica is set to align the background colour of
active windows with the desktop to help users distinguish
between multiple open instances.

Recent updates to Windows Terminal

It’s worth pointing out that the latest big update to Windows
Terminal brought a ton of improvements to the command-line
tool. Version 1.10, Microsoft enabled the ability to edit
actions from the Settings UI and introduced support for an
acrylic effect that applies to the title bar.

The new acrylic effect can be enabled from the setting or users
can turn it on with the value “useAcrylicInTabRow” in the
settings.json file. The Terminal command-line tool also gained
support for the ability to minimize the terminal to the system
tray using two values “minimizeToTray” and
“alwaysShowTrayIcon”.

Windows Terminal design refresh will also arrive on both
Windows 11 and Windows 10, but the Mica effect (if it is
introduced) will be exclusive to Windows 11.

In addition to Terminal redesign,
Microsoft is also experimenting with a refreshed look for
PowerToys, another popular open-source program.

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