How to use Windows Terminal on Windows 11

April 4, 2022 0 Comments

Windows Terminal offers some improvements to the Standard Command Prompt window.

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Windows 11 comes with a command line tool called Windows Terminal. Designed to launch a PowerShell command prompt, Windows Terminal offers a few enhancements over the traditional command prompt. You can launch multiple tabs with different windows, choose whether to open a custom command prompt or a PowerShell window, and customize the look and functionality of the terminal window. Here’s how it works.

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To open Windows Terminal on Windows 11, click the Start button and select All Apps. Scroll to the Start menu and select Shortcuts for Windows Terminal. If you need to open it as an administrator, right-click on the shortcut, go to the More menu and select Run as administrator (Figure A)

Figure A

An image 7 of a screen selected to run as administrator
Run Windows as administrator.

Alternatively, click the search icon, start typing Windows Terminal, and then select Open or Run as administrator from the search results (Figure B)

Figure B

Screen with options including invoice as administrator.
Another way is to start typing Windows Terminal and then select Open or Run as administrator.

Windows Terminal opens with a PowerShell prompt, so you can use it for PowerShell scripts or as a standard command prompt (Figure C)

Figure C

This opens a Windows PowerShell script.

To work with additional command prompt windows, click the + button for the tab you want to open. You can then move the order of the tabs by dragging and dropping one to the left or right. Click X to close a specific tab (Figure D)

Figure D

Black computer screen with text.
Press + to add more windows.

After that, you can choose what kind of window you want to open. Click the bottom arrow next to the + button. You have a Windows PowerShell window, a custom command prompt window or an Azure Cloud Shell window (Figure e)

Figure e

Black screen with a dropdown menu at the top.
Choose the type of tab you want to open

To make sure you are typing the correct command and syntax, you can select a command from a list. From the same menu, select the command palette. Scroll down the window and select the command you want to run (Figure F)

Figure F

A screen with dropdown options.
Select the Windows Command Palette.

Finally, you can customize the look and behavior for Windows Terminal. Click the down arrow and select Settings to open another tab with different sections for settings. Select a specific category, make the changes you want, and then click Save to save them or Cancel changes to reject them (Figure G.)

Figure G.

You must select a startup page with settings in it.
Choose your settings at startup.

To cover each category:

  • Select Startup to control how a terminal window looks and works when you open it.
  • Select Interactions to set the format for copying and pasting.
  • Select the look to set the theme and layout for the terminal window.
  • Select a color scheme to select colors for the terminal window.
  • Select rendering to determine if you are trying to fix a problem and when the screen is repainted.
  • Select the action to view and add any command-line action you wish to use.
  • Select Default to set the default settings for a terminal window. You can set the defaults for three different types of windows.

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