Windows Terminal Preview 1.15 Release

Kayla Cinnamon

Welcome back to another Windows Terminal release! This release updates Windows Terminal to version 1.14 and includes all of the features from this previous blog post. Additionally, Windows Terminal Preview is getting an update to version 1.15 and will include all the features detailed here. As always, 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! This release is dedicated to all the Marks out there. πŸ˜‰

Keyboard selection (mark mode)

You can now use your keyboard to select any text in the text buffer with mark mode! You can enter mark mode by typing Ctrl+Shift+M. When in mark mode, you can use the arrow keys to move to your starting position, then you can hold Shift and use the arrow keys to make your selection. Esc will exit mark mode and Ctrl+A selects all text in the buffer.

Image Mark Mode

Mark mode actions

⚑ markMode: Toggles mark mode.

⚑ toggleBlockSelection: Allows you to create a block selection using only the keyboard.

⚑ switchSelectionEndpoint: When modifying a selection using the keyboard, you are moving one end of the selection around. This action switches focus to the other selection marker.

Scroll marks (experimental)

Windows Terminal now supports scroll marks! You can automatically add scroll marks to your profile for each command that’s entered by adding the experimental.autoMarkPrompts setting. Using this setting alone will allow you to scroll to each mark with the scroll mark actions (detailed below), however they won’t be visible in the scrollbar. If you want the scroll marks to also appear in the scrollbar, you’ll need to add the experimental.showMarksOnScrollbar setting to your profile. Please note that this feature is experimental and is subject to future changes.

"experimental.autoMarkPrompts": true,
"experimental.showMarksOnScrollbar": true

You can also add marks to your buffer with the iterm2 OSC 1337 ; SetMark sequence or with the addMark action.

Here’s some JSON you can add to your settings file to get started:

// actions
        { "keys": "ctrl+up", "command": { "action": "scrollToMark", "direction": "previous" }, "name": "Previous mark" },
        { "keys": "ctrl+down", "command": { "action": "scrollToMark", "direction": "next" }, "name": "Next mark" },
        { "keys": "ctrl+pgup", "command": { "action": "scrollToMark", "direction": "first" }, "name": "First mark" },
        { "keys": "ctrl+pgdn", "command": { "action": "scrollToMark", "direction": "last" }, "name": "Last mark" },
        { "command": { "action": "addMark" } },
        { "command": { "action": "addMark", "color": "#ff00ff" } },
        { "command": { "action": "addMark", "color": "#0000ff" } },
        { "command": { "action": "clearAllMarks" } },

// profiles.defaults
        "experimental.autoMarkPrompts": true,
        "experimental.showMarksOnScrollbar": true,

Image Scroll Marks

Scroll mark actions

⚑ addMark: Adds a scroll mark to your text buffer. If there’s a selection, the mark is placed at the selection, otherwise it’s placed at the cursor row.

πŸ‘‰ The addMark action has an optional color parameter that lets you set the color of the scroll mark.

⚑ scrollToMark: Scrolls to the scroll mark in the given direction.

πŸ‘‰ The direction parameter for scrollToMark accepts first, previous, next, and last.

⚑ clearMark: Clears scroll mark at the current position, either at a selection if there is one or at the cursor position.

⚑ clearAllMarks: Clears all scroll marks in the text buffer.

PowerShell β€œblack bars” patch removal

This build removes the patch that prevented unexpected black backgrounds (which may manifest as black bars stretching across the screen) from appearing while PowerShell is running. We have chosen to remove this workaround as newer versions of PowerShell’s PSReadline component contain a fix for the issue. As a result of this change, Oh-My-Posh will once again be able to display prompt elements using a black background color.

❗ If you see black backgrounds appearing behind text while typing a command in PowerShell, make sure your PSReadline version is up to date. You can update your version of PSReadline by running the command, Update-Module PSReadline.

Miscellaneous improvements

πŸ› οΈ Windows Terminal now supports the DECPS escape sequence, allowing you to play sounds through the terminal (Thanks @j4james!).

πŸ› οΈ If the Windows Terminal Preview settings file is empty when launching, the file will launch as a copy of Windows Terminal’s settings (Thanks @huiyooumich!).

πŸ› οΈ Color schemes now accept "magenta" and "brightMagenta" in place of "purple" and "brightPurple" (Thanks @matthewd673!).

πŸ› οΈ The Windows Terminal project now uses a single coordinate type, a change that was a +3610, -3906 line diff(!).

πŸ› οΈ The following keyboard accelerators are now available for the shell extension: T for Open in Terminal, P for Open in Terminal Preview, and D for Open in Terminal (Dev) (Thanks @ianjoneill!).

Bug fixes

πŸ› The terminal should no longer crash if you delete the last profile.

πŸ› The navigation view footer and save buttons are no longer misaligned in the settings UI (Thanks @HO-COOH!).

Top contributors

We love working with the community and recognizing those who made an impact for each release. Here are the community members who helped out for this one!

Contributors who opened the most non-duplicate issues

πŸ† jredfox

πŸ† j4james

πŸ† ssccinng

πŸ† elsaco

πŸ† rjk

πŸ† Poopooracoocoo

πŸ† ohault

πŸ† FANS4ever

πŸ† epiciskandar

πŸ† Andrew1988123123

πŸ† MatejKafka

Contributors who created the most merged pull requests

πŸ† j4james

πŸ† wiryallcserviceseducative

πŸ† HO-COOH

πŸ† ianjoneill

πŸ† koutingting

πŸ† matthewd673

πŸ† koutingting12345

πŸ† starstonetalent

πŸ† leejy12

πŸ† cyberdev101

πŸ† ofek

Contributors who provided the most comments on pull requests

πŸ† j4james

πŸ† leejy12

πŸ† ofek

πŸ† KotlinIsland

πŸ† PetterS

πŸ† dansmor7

Cheers!

If you’d like to learn more about Windows Terminal, you can visit our docs site to find more information. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to reach out to Kayla (@cinnamon_msft) on Twitter. If you find any bugs or have any feature requests, you can file them on our GitHub repo. We hope you enjoy this release of Windows Terminal!

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