Windows Terminal has been around for a while now and it
basically allows users to create multiple tabs for different
command-line tools on Windows 10. For example, you can use
Terminal to access the Command Prompt or PowerShell at the same
time and switch between the tools using the tab layout.
Windows Terminal offers a greater level of customizability
where backgrounds and other features can be modified to your
personal liking. Microsoft recently started testing a new
settings UI that allows users to customize other advanced
settings, such as the default command-line tool.
Microsoft is now working on a new feature that will allow you
to set Windows Terminal as your default terminal on Windows 10.
When the Terminal is set as the default emulator, command-line
apps like Command Prompt and PowerShell will open inside
This feature is currently live in the preview builds of Windows
10 and it can be found inside the console property, as shown in
the below screenshot:
If you’re unable to find the option within the console
property, head to the new Settings UI in Windows Terminal
Preview and select “Terminal” as the default terminal
Terminal gets Quake mode
Quake mode is another new feature that will allow you to access
the terminal window from anywhere in the operating system. To
access the terminal instance, you’ve to type Win+ and the
window will appear on the top half of the screen.
However, this feature will not work when the keyboard shortcut
is tied to some other functionality using apps like PowerToys.
Microsoft is also working on other improvements and features
for Windows Terminal:
- Actions page: Terminal has been updated with a new
“Actions” page inside the settings page. This page makes it a
lot easier to change your keyboard shortcuts for Windows
- New profile: A new page inside the settings UI will help
you create a new profile in Terminal.
- Customization: You can now preview your changes inside the
In the preview builds,
Microsoft is also testing support for the new Task Manager
icon, which will be included in the Sun Valley update.