Windows Terminal 1.0 – New Features and Changes

Microsoft has started working on Windows Terminal 1.0 way back in the year 2019 and has finally released the same. The new terminal has got several new features like – Tabs, Split Panes, Multiple Shell environments, etc. Windows 10 users may even change the background opacity, use different color schemes, key bindings, and others. 

Windows Terminal 1.0 is, in reality, a super cool thing that features tones of useful things that were available on Mac and Linux for years. You may download Windows Terminal 1.0 visiting the Microsoft Store or get its source code from the Github. Let’s explore –

Windows Terminal

Read – How to Get Windows Terminal on Windows 10 PC

What’s new on Windows Terminal 1.0

Here are the key changes that Microsoft unveiled at Windows 10 Build 2020 launch –

1. The concept of Tabs

Microsoft finally added a command-line environment that features the “use of tabs”. One can start a new tab using shortcut – “Ctrl+Shift+T” or hit the “+” icon on the top bar.

To close the current tab, you may press the “Ctrl+Shift+W” key combination. To switch in between the tabs, press “Ctrl+Tab” using the keyboard. With Windows Terminal 1.0, one can even re-order the tabs by just a simple – drag and drop.

Multiple Tabs

2. Run PowerShell and Linux simultaneously 

When you start Windows Terminal 1.0 on your device, it lands into PowerShell. However, it does support different shell environments as well. Head over to the “down arrow” on the tab bar and you may launch Command Prompt, Microsoft Azure along with Windows PowerShell. In case, you have installed Windows Subsystem for Linux, you may open this as well.

Imp: Windows 10 users may now start SSH sessions too on the Windows Terminal 1.0.

3. Split Terminal into Multiple Screens

We often feel the necessity of running more than one code simultaneously on Windows Console/PowerShell. Well, you can do this using Windows Terminal 1.0 too. In addition to the multiple tabs feature, this allows splitting the main screen into multiple shell environments. That’s a cool feature, isn’t it?

All you need is to keep pressing “Alt+Shift+D” and you will see the charm. See the snapshot below –

Windows Terminal 1.0

To switch in between them, use the mouse and click whichever screen you want to work with. Below, we have provided a few keyboard shortcuts that you may find interesting –

  • Split Pane Screen horizontally – “Alt + Shift + –
  • Split Pane Screen vertically – “Alt + Shift + +
  • Close the current Pane – “Ctrl + Shift + W
  • Move-in between Panes – “Alt + Arrow keys
  • Adjust Pane Screen sizes – “Alt + Shift + Arrow Keys

4. Zoom in/Zoom Out 

Windows Terminal 1.0 has included the better zooming feature as well. To zoom in or out, hold down the Ctrl key and start playing with the Mouse wheel. You will get a clearer picture of what’s ongoing on the Prompt Screen. 

Keeping the Pane Screen size intact, this will enlarge/shrink the commands. 

Windows Terminal 1.0

5. Change the Background Opacity

You may now either diminish or increase the background opacity on Windows Terminal 1.0. All you need is to hold down “Ctrl+Shift” keys and start rolling the Mouse wheel. The color of the background pane starts becoming opaque or translucent. To know more, see the Windows Acrylic style effect.

Note: If you remove focus from the screen, this resumes back its default background opacity. Clicking on any of the panes will restore the recent changes. 

Other Features 

Windows Terminal 1.0 comes with numerous other customizations options. To reach out to them, click the “down arrow” available on the Tab bar and select Settings. Since this doesn’t open any user interface, you may open this using a notepad. 

When the settings.json file opens up, you may custom change the following –

  • Global Settings
  • Profile Settings
  • Color Schemes 
  • Key Bindings

To know more, how to play with this file, visit the official Customize Settings page by Microsoft.

Or, read what you can add to the settings.json file. Microsoft has provided a guide as well to edit Windows Terminal settings.