Windows Terminal Preview 1.2 Release

Kayla Cinnamon

Welcome to another release of Windows Terminal! This release promotes the Windows Terminal Preview version 1.1 into Windows Terminal.

Windows Terminal Preview has new features for version 1.2 which will appear in Windows Terminal in August. You can download Windows Terminal Preview and Windows Terminal from the Microsoft Store or from the GitHub releases page. Let’s dive into what’s new!

Focus mode

There is a new feature called focus mode that hides the tabs and title bar. This mode will only display the terminal content. To enable focus mode, you can add a key binding for toggleFocusMode in your settings.json file.

This command is not bound by default.

{  "command": "toggleFocusMode", "keys": "shift+f11" }

Image focus mode

Always on top mode

In addition to focus mode, you can enable Windows Terminal Preview to always be the topmost window. This can be done with the alwaysOnTop global setting as well as a key binding using the toggleAlwaysOnTop command.

These are not bound by default.

// Global setting
"alwaysOnTop": true

// Key binding
{ "command": "toggleAlwaysOnTop", "keys": "alt+shift+tab" }

New commands

New key binding commands have been added to give you more flexibility when interacting with your terminal.

Set tab color

You can set the color of your focused tab with the setTabColor command. This command uses the color property to define which color you’d like, which accepts a color in hex format, i.e. #rgb or #rrggbb.

This command is not bound by default.

{ "command": { "action": "setTabColor", "color": "#ffffff" }, "keys": "ctrl+a" }

Open tab color picker

A new command has been added that allows you to open the tab color picker menu. This can be done with the openTabColorPicker command. If you want to color a tab with your mouse, you can right click on the tab to access the color picker.

This command is not bound by default.

{ "command": "openTabColorPicker", "keys": "ctrl+b" }

Rename tab

You can rename the focused tab with the renameTab command (thanks ggadget6!). You can also right click or double click on the tab to rename it.

This command is not bound by default.

{ "command": { "action": "renameTab", "title": "Foo" }, "keys": "ctrl+c" }

Toggle retro terminal effects

You can toggle the retro terminal effects that add scanlines and a glow to the text with the toggleRetroEffect command. This enables the experimental.retroTerminalEffect profile setting.

This command is not bound by default.

{ "command": "toggleRetroEffect", "keys": "ctrl+d" }

Cascadia Code font weights

Cascadia Code now has font weights! You can enable these font weights in Windows Terminal Preview by using the fontWeight profile setting. A huge shoutout goes to our font designer Aaron Bell for making this happen!

"fontWeight": "light"

Image cascadia font weight

Command palette update

The command palette is almost complete! We are currently ironing out a few more bugs, but if you’d like to play with it, you can add the commandPalette command to your key bindings and invoke it using your keyboard. If you find any bugs, please file them on the GitHub repo!

This command is not bound by default.

{ "command": "commandPalette", "keys": "ctrl+shift+p" }

Image command palette

Settings UI design

We have been actively working on the settings UI and have narrowed down on a design. The design is pictured below and the spec can be found here. We appreciate all feedback and we’ll be starting implementation very soon!

Image navigation 2

Image appearance


⭐ You can now use nt, sp, and ft as command line arguments for new tab, split pane, and focus tab, respectively.

⭐ We now have proper logos for high contrast mode (thanks jtippet!).

⭐ There are now warnings for pasting large amounts of text and text with multiple lines. More information on disabling these warnings can be found on the global settings docs page (thanks greg904!).

Bug fixes

πŸ› You can now run wt as an Administrator from the Run dialog with Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

πŸ› Printing large amounts of text in WSL is 20% faster!

πŸ› The terminal will no longer scroll to the bottom when there is output if you are scrolled up or have a selection.

πŸ› The pseudoconsole will now forward colors and styles emitted by applications with higher fidelity, thus greatly improving color representation (thanks j4james!).

πŸ‘‰ Note: If you’re seeing unexpected black bars when you use PowerShell, visit the troubleshooting page on our docs site.

Top contributors

We had a ton of great contributions this month and we would like to recognize those who have made an impact!

Contributors who opened the most non-duplicate issues

πŸ† j4james

πŸ† trajano

πŸ† musm

πŸ† jtippet

Contributors who created the most merged pull requests

πŸ† j4james

πŸ† jtippet

πŸ† lhecker

Contributors who provided the most comments on pull requests

πŸ† greg904

πŸ† AnuthaDev

πŸ† lhecker

Until next time

For full documentation on all Windows Terminal settings, you can visit our docs site. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to reach out to Kayla (@cinnamon_msft) on Twitter. For any bug reports or feature requests, please file an issue on GitHub. We hope you like our latest updates and we’ll see you at the next one!


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  • Chris McKay 0

    It looks great! Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into this. I’ve been championing Terminal over Cmder at work. I’ve gotten at least one convert 😁

  • Andrey Fedyashov 0

    Kayla, I really like the terminalβ€˜s ability to start multiple tabs/panes with different locations via command line. it is really great pain relief as I don’t need to change between my devconsoles throughout the day as I work on multiple projects. Switching tabs does’t harm my focus as much as ALT+Tab.
    I do however use several Windows Server 2019 boxes.
    Would really appreciate if some terminal love went that way. Maybe it doesn’t need more than a blog post, but it seems the Windows Store dependency is not something easily satisfiable on Server SKU.

  • David Hunter 0

    Any news on a properties GUI.
    I wanted to change to have black text on a white background ( the one true color choice!! )
    After 3 hours of reading misleading and incorrect documentation about badly documented JSON proerpties I gave up.
    In comparison Ubuntu terminal takes a minute and even CMD promt has a trivial to use GUI.
    Maybe I’m an idiot but I’ve not found a terminal that is as hard to configure after using terminals for 30 year.

  • Tag Howard 0

    The setting UI will not end up replacing the json file right?

    • Rich TurnerMicrosoft employee 0

      No – it sits atop the JSON file

  • Daniel Liuzzi 0

    Care to share the background image please? It looks beautiful!

  • Chris Black | Azure MVP | Happy Azure Stacking!!! 0

    This actually is phenomenal πŸ™‚ It is going from strength to strength! Loving all the cool new features! Keep up the good work!

    I would love to see some Azure Stack Hub integration with WT to almost “simulate” Azure Shell behaviour, but it would be as persistent profile or maybe a docker container or something like that… food for thought πŸ˜‰

    Happy Azure Stacking πŸ˜‰

  • Dmitry Barabash 0

    Kayla, the new features are awesome. Especially command palette update is great, thank you!

    And can I ask you something from screenshots? πŸ™‚ Can you share your PowerShell prompt function with Git branch info? It uses posh-git, I believe, but I can’t reproduce your implementation. Please! πŸ™πŸ™‚πŸ‘

      • Dmitry Barabash 0

        Thank you so much! πŸ™

  • Eugene Ivanoff 0

    How can I set up PowerSheel to be default console on startup?

    • Rich TurnerMicrosoft employee 0

      You can set your default profile in Terminal’s settings.json.

  • Denis Nutiu 0

    Woah, this look amazing! Thanks for making it happen!

  • Jan De Dobbeleer 0

    If I’m not mistaken, you’re using oh-my-posh. If so, thank you!

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