How to Install and Customize the Windows Terminal

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How to Install and Customize the Windows Terminal

You might have heard about this. Recently, Microsoft has just released Windows Terminal, a brand new tool for command-line users. You can use Windows Terminal to open multiple command-line tools like Command Prompt, PowerShell to Linux Bash. You read it right. You can now — finally — open multiple tabs in a single app window when working with the command line on Windows. In addition to multiple tabs, other key features offered by Windows Terminal are UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine and the customizable profiles.

This new command-line tool itself is currently still in early preview. On its official blog post, Microsoft says that this tool will be updated regularly to fix some issues as well as feature improvements. Microsoft itself released Windows Terminal as an open source project. The source is hosted on the Microsoft-owned software development platform GitHub.

How to install Windows Terminal on Windows 10

Windows Terminal itself is only available for Windows 10 version 18362.0 or higher. So, make sure that your Windows 10 has been updated to at least version 18362.0 (read: How to update to the latest version of Windows 10).

Microsoft has made Windows Terminal available on Microsoft Store. You can simply visit this page and click the Get button to install it on your Windows 10 device.

How to customize Windows Terminal

You can customize the look of your Windows Terminal to your liking as it comes with customizable profiles. It’s just, you need to have a JavaScript knowledge to be able to customize a profile. The Windows Terminal settings are stored into a JSON file which you can access by clicking the drop-down menu on the app window bar.

You can edit the profiles on the profiles section within the file. You can either edit the existing profiles or add new ones.

If you want to add a new profile, make sure to use a different guid. It must be unique in the file.

Right beneath the profiles section, you can find the schemes section. You can use one of the schemes on the new profile you want to add. To use a scheme on a profile, you need to insert the same scheme name in the property “name” and in the “colorScheme” property for the profile section.

The JSON file of the Terminal Windows settings itself can be edited with any text editor, including Notepad.

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