Windows Terminal has been around for a while, and it basically allows users to create several tabs on Windows 10 for different command-line tools. You can, for example, use Terminal to access both the Command Prompt and PowerShell at the same time and switch between them using the tab layout.
Windows Terminal provides a higher level of customization, allowing you to change the background and other aspects to your desire. Microsoft has begun developing a new settings UI that allows users to adjust sophisticated settings like the default command-line tool.
Microsoft is currently developing a new feature that will allow you to make Windows Terminal your default terminal in Windows 10. Command-line tools like Command Prompt and PowerShell will open inside Terminal when it is configured as the default emulator.
This function is presently available in Windows 10 preview builds and may be accessed in the console property, as demonstrated in the screenshot below:
If you can't find the option in the console property, go to Windows Terminal Preview's new Settings UI and pick "Terminal" as the default terminal application.
Quake mode is enabled on the Terminal
Another new feature is Quake mode, which allows you to access the terminal window from any location in the operating system. Type Win+ to open the terminal instance, which will display on the upper half of the screen.
This feature, however, will not work if the keyboard shortcut is linked to another function in an app like PowerToys.
Microsoft is also introducing new features and enhancements for Windows Terminal in upcoming weeks:
- Actions page: Terminal has been modified to include a new "Actions" tab within the settings page. This page makes changing your Windows Terminal keyboard shortcuts a lot easier.
- New profile: A new tab under the settings UI will assist you in creating a new profile in Terminal.
- Customization: In the settings UI, you can now preview your changes.
Microsoft is also testing support for the new Task Manager icon in the preview releases, which will be included in the Sun Valley update.