Windows Terminal Preview 1.12 Release

Kayla Cinnamon

Windows Terminal Preview 1.12 is here and it’s HUGE! This release adds the new features below to Windows Terminal Preview 1.12 and adds the features from this previous blog post to Windows Terminal 1.11. Windows Terminal 1.11 will also be receiving the Defaults page in the settings UI along with the default terminal functionality. You can install Windows Terminal and Windows Terminal Preview from the Microsoft Store or from the GitHub releases page. Now let’s get into the good stuff!

Default terminal

You can now set the Windows Terminal stable build as your default terminal emulator if you’re on the Windows Insider Program Dev Channel or Windows 11! This means when you launch any command line application, it will automatically launch inside Windows Terminal. You can enable Windows Terminal as your default experience by using the Windows settings app or inside Windows Terminal’s settings.

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Profile matching

Windows Terminal will now appropriately handle matching the executable launched with its terminal profile. This means that all of your customizations will appear if you have a profile with the same executable as the one selected to launch. For example, clicking Command Prompt from the Start menu will open your Command Prompt profile, rather than your default profile running cmd.exe. This feature is only available in Windows Terminal Preview and will move into Windows Terminal in a future release.

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Window restoration

You can now set your Windows Terminal to restore your previous tabs and panes after relaunching (Thanks @Rosefield!). This can be enabled with "firstWindowPreference" set to "persistedWindowLayout" in the global settings of your settings.json file or in your settings on the Startup page.

"firstWindowPreference": "persistedWindowLayout"

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Full transparency

Windows Terminal now supports full transparency on Windows 11! Instead of using acrylic, you can have full transparency just like the transparency variation available in the original console. An improvement from the Windows Console Host in this implementation is that the text will remain opaque while the background turns transparent. This allows you to be able to read your terminal prompt without losing contrast!

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šŸ’” Tip: You can control the transparency level of your window with Ctrl+Shift+Scroll.

Miscellaneous improvements

šŸ› ļø You can now select text that has been printed in your buffer with the keyboard!

šŸ› ļø Profiles for Visual Studio Developer Command Prompt (VS2017+) and Visual Studio Developer PowerShell (VS2019.2+) will now be automatically generated (Thanks @trippwill!).

šŸ› ļø Elevated terminal windows will now display a shield icon to the left of the tabs to make the window more distinguishable.

šŸ› ļø You can now enable the "adjustIndistinguishableColors" profile setting to adjust the foreground color to make it more visible, based on the background color.

šŸ› ļø You can now select and interact with subtrees of panes (Thanks @Rosefield!).

šŸ› ļø When splitting a new pane, SplitState now accepts directional modifiers (Thanks @Rosefield!).

šŸ› ļø You can now open the system menu with Alt+Space, which uses the new openSystemMenu action.

Bug fixes

šŸ› Using the touch keyboard should now invoke properly when tapping inside the console window (Thanks @yosuemask2!).

šŸ› The mouse coordinates are now fixed for when the viewport is scrolled for all events.

šŸ› When running multiple actions, selecting a new tab should now focus that tab immediately (Thanks @Rosefield!).

šŸ› You can now navigate pane focus without having to zoom out (Thanks @Rosefield!).

Top contributors

We had a ton of fantastic contributors for this release. Here are those who have especially made an impact:

Contributors who opened the most non-duplicate issues

šŸ† elsaco

šŸ† vefatica

šŸ† anubhav217

Contributors who created the most merged pull requests

šŸ† Rosefield

šŸ† ianjoneill

šŸ† utgoers

Contributors who provided the most comments on pull requests

šŸ† Rosefield

šŸ† Don-Vito

šŸ† heaths


If you want to learn more about these new features, feel free to visit our docs site. If you have any questions or feedback, you can reach out to Kayla (@cinnamon_msft) on Twitter. You can file feature requests and any bugs you may find on our GitHub. We hope you enjoy this latest release of Windows Terminal!

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  • Pascal Gessati 0

    There is also a new command to clear the content of the screen and the scrollback buffer (it’s mapped to ctrl+alt+k by default). I had been waiting for this release for weeks because of it (it would be great to have more regular releases on the preview channel btw).

    Anyway, thanks a lot to all, you’re doing an amazing job on this and WSL.

    • Wes Higbee 0

      Clearing the buffer should at least be mentioned in the article! And IMO it is the most important feature addition! It’s my favorite new feature by a mile!

  • Vladimir Kadnikov 0

    Could you please add ability to have tabs when using quake mode? I am using another terminal emulators on windows 11 because I use terminal only in quake mode and never as standalone window. Thanks!

  • Andriy Savin 0

    Thanks for the update! One thing I don’t like about default terminal is that it shows tabs when a console app is launched as a standalone app. Also, in the store on Windows 11 I don’t see terminal (stable) update to the version which supports default terminal setting (my installed version is 1.10.2714.0).

  • Syun Segawa 0

    Can’t wait to replace cmd host to windows terminal on stable Release of Windows 11.
    Hope it would be released ASAP.

  • Silver Zachara 0

    Thx for great release, many new amazing features ā™„, I want to ask how did you invoke that search popup dialog that is in the Profile matching presentation gif? thx

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