Windows Terminal Preview 1.1 – New features and Improvements

Last month, Microsoft releases the highly-anticipated Windows Terminal 1.0 to its users. A few days back, they even announced a roadmap for Windows Terminal 2.0. This looks like they are going to soon replace all other command-line based programs like – PowerShell, Console, etc. Windows 10 users are excited too as the Windows Terminal Preview 1.1 brings lots of fixes, a smooth interface, and so many other cool features.

Lately, the software giant releases Windows Terminal 1.1 that includes several new features. For example – launch Terminal right at Windows startup, font-weight support, color combination, Tab updates, etc. Let’s explore the full changelog –

Open file/folder directly in Windows Terminal

Windows 10 users may now use the right-click functionality to open any file or folder inside the Terminal. Just note that this will launch the Windows Terminal containing your default profile in the directory.

File Explorer

There are a few bugs as well on which they are currently working and expect to bring an update by July 2020 end. 

Launch Terminal Preview right at the startup

They have added a new setting using which one can start the Windows Terminal right at the Windows startup. All you need is to set “StartOnUserLogin” to “true” inside the global settings. 

"startOnUserLogin": true

Note: If you have disabled the Terminal startup task entry using the organization policy, the above changes won’t reflect back. 

Font weight support

From now onward, Windows Terminal Preview supports font weights as a new profile setting. The “fontweight” setting accepts a variety of strings describing font weights along with the corresponding numeric representation of a font-weight. You may see the full documentation at the Windows Terminal docs site.

"fontWeight": "normal"

Windows Terminal 1.1

Open multiple panes

Just like in Terminal 1.0, users may now use the dropdown menu to open multiple panes on the current window. To do so, use “Alt+Click“. Just keep on clicking the above combination and the profile splits automatically on the active window or pane. 

Multiple Panes

Tab Improvements 

1. Color picker

Users may now color the tabs as per their choice on Windows Terminal preview 1.1. To do so, use the below steps –

  • Right-click on the tab and select “Color”.
  • When the tab color menu appears, select any of the colors listed there.

Windows Terminal 1.1

Note: One may even expand the menu to pick a color as per hex code or RGB fields.

The selected color will persist only for the terminal session. The moment you get out of the window, the color fades to the default as well.

Tip: To enjoy a seamless experience, pick the hex code matching the background color. 

2. Rename Tabs

Right on the color picker context menu, one may choose to rename the tab. If you do change the name, the tab title changes into a text box containing the “new title”. Again, this too lasts for a single terminal session. 

Rename Tabs

3. Compact sizing

The experts included a compact tab sizing as an option for the tabs in the “tabWidthMode” global settings. Using this feature will shrink all other tabs to the width of the icon. Thus it leaves adequate space to display the full title of the respective Tab. 

"tabWidthMode": "compact"

Windows Terminal 1.1

New command-line arguments

The developers add three new commands to use as arguments while using the “wt” command line. They are – 

  • wt--maximized or wt-M: Maximize the Terminal window.
  • wt--fullscreen or wt-F: Launch the Terminal as full screen.
  • wt--title or tabtitle: To customize the title of the tab before launching Windows Terminal.

Quick Note: In case you have installed both Terminal and Terminal Preview on the computer, the “wt” command will represent only Windows Terminal, not the later one. However, you may stick this to the Preview app following this tutorial

Use Keyboard to open defaults.json 

The developers added a new binding key to open defaults.json file i.e. “Ctrl+alt+,“. You may now use the below commands to open different files – 

  • SettingsFile – settings.json file
  • defaultsFile – defaults.json file
  • allFiles – both of the above files

They have added the below code inside the .json files –

{ "command": { "action": "openSettings", "target": "defaultsFile" }, "keys": "ctrl+alt+," }

Bugs Fixes on Terminal Preview 1.1

They address the following issues on Windows Terminal Preview 1.1 –

  • They fix the cursor not appearing while typing characters.
  • Users may now control if Windows Terminal will treat “Ctrl+Alt” as an alias for AltGr with the altGrAliasing profile setting.
  • You may now add a profile’s name to the defaultProfile setting.
  • Developers fix the Mouse input for Win32-OpenSSH 7.7.
  • While maximizing the terminal window, there won’t appear any spacing above the tabs.

That’s would be all!

Source – Devblogs