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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  • Dave Liao 0

    Love the retro features – hopefully it enhances legibility? I was experimenting with an extension in VS Code that added a glow effect to text, and that did indeed help with my ability to read my code. πŸ˜†

  • Marco Macias 0

    Press alt+t to close the current terminal tab

    { "command": "closeTab", "keys": "alt+t" }

    For sure you can change keys.

  • LoΓ―s Awounou 0

    Nice work

  • Krishna Kumar Khatri 0

    My organization is still on Windows 10 build 10.0.17763. The latest release is not compatible with that lower build. What options do I have to install and use Terminal?

  • Falcon Taylor 0

    This is such amazing information.

    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.

    • Rich TurnerMicrosoft employee 0

      Edited to remove advertising links. Appreciate comments / questions etc. but please don’t use blog comments as a way of advertising products/services.

      To your point: Windows Terminal is dependent on features (e.g. XAML Islands) which are not yet available on Windows Server. I have asked the Terminal team to document the current and future considerations w.r.t. Terminal on Windows Server.

  • Vincent Dalvino 0

    As much as I appreciate a lot the effort that you guys take in enhancing the old bad experience terminal experience. As example you guys fixed the long-ass buffer problem that the old terminal had and the customization. However,I believe you guys can improve on adding a option to set the default terminal as this terminal as when I open a console window from the right click menu I don’t want to use the old crappy tterminal for console based apps and when I open terminal.. One other thing would be to have bash support.

  • Garlon Arthur 0

    I love this tool simply for the ability to combine multiple command shell icons on my taskbar and for the customizations of course. One suggestion, probably not the right place so feel free to coach me – with all the recent attention and effort being put forth by Microsoft to support developers using Python, and it’s various tools, how about adding Python as one of the default dynamic shells? I was able to figure out how to manually add it myself and removed yet another icon.

                // Python 3.8 is my preference - use different names below and on the commandline to enable different versions
                "name": "Python3.8",
                // the line below is my default first-in-path, alter to suit your environment and preference
                "commandline": "python.exe",
                "hidden": false
  • Marcelo Marcotullio 0

    It would be much appreciated if had an option like “focus follows mouse”, I’m switching from Terminator (with some Xvnc adaptations) to run my cli on WT and I really miss that feature…

  • niels kliim 0

    Looks great πŸ˜€


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