Windows Terminal adopts the appearance of Windows 11 and introduces new features

The first release of Windows Terminal in 2022 is already here and will please those who, in addition to features, value consistency in design and a good visual finish. Surely something that was lacking until now in what claims to be “the definitive console” for Windows.

Windows Terminal is the command line tool that Microsoft began developing in 2019 as a standalone application to Windows. Free and released as open source, it exudes a well-defined ‘Linux flavor’ from its very name and -as in the free system- is an alternative to the use of graphical interfaces, ideal for average users/ administrators and administrators to perform tasks in the operating system more flexibly and quickly.

Although it was created independently, it was clear from the beginning that Microsoft would include it in its operating systems. It was already announced that it would be the default terminal for Windows 11, the one that would launch by default when opening a command line application, replacing the Windows Host Console, conhost.exe, which has been used in Windows since time immemorial.

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This tool may seem simple, but it is extremely powerful handling both the command prompt (the basic interpreter used starting with Windows NT) and the advanced PowerShell console, as well as running separate tabs for WSL 2, the second generation of the Linux for Windows subsystem created to run Linux distributions and applications inside Windows. Announced alongside Windows Terminal, it is curious that some believe that the best thing about Windows 11 is its support for Linux.

Going into the matter, the first version of Windows Terminal in 2022 stands out for its changes in the visual section based on the WinUI 2.6 version. A new user interface that you’ll quickly recognize because it closely resembles the General Settings tool in Windows 11.

There is a clean sidebar with clearly marked sections for Home, Appearance, Color, and others. Also, secondary settings are more clearly labeled once you click on them. Very descriptive and visually attractive for an application that -let’s not forget- still works in text mode.

Another new feature is the new “elevated profile” setting. This allows automatically starting a profile in administrator mode with privileges. Other changes are:

  • New text rendering engine, which runs at the screen refresh rate, regardless of resolution.
  • You can now customize your profile’s bell sound using the bellSound setting. This setting accepts a file path as a string.
  • You can now restore recently closed tabs or panels with the new restoreLastClosed action.
  • The new exportBuffer action allows you to export the text inside the buffer to a text file.
  • The new snap action allows you to change the opacity of the terminal window at runtime.
  • Now supports the new Windows 11 window management, Snap Layouts.

You can download the latest version of Windows Terminal and Windows Terminal Preview from the Microsoft Store or its GitHub repository. It works from Windows 10 19041 (20H1) onwards and Microsoft will surely include it as the default terminal in the next Windows 11 update.

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