Personalization Add or Remove "Open in Terminal" context menu in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Open in Terminal context menu for your account or all users in Windows 11.

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells you already love, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.

Windows 11 includes a Open in Terminal context menu by default when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not open Windows Terminal elevated (run as administrator).


Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove "Open in Terminal" context menu for Current User
  • Option Two: Add or Remove "Open in Terminal" context menu for All Users


EXAMPLE: "Open in Terminal" context menu

Open_in_Terminal.png





Option One

Add or Remove "Open in Terminal" context menu for Current User


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add "Open in Terminal" context menu for Current User

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Open_in_Windows_Terminal_context_menu_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155}"=-

3 Remove "Open in Terminal" context menu for Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Open_in_Windows_Terminal_context_menu_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155}"=""

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Sometimes you may need to restart the explorer process to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




Option Two

Add or Remove "Open in Terminal" context menu for All Users


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add "Open in Windows Terminal" context menu for All Users

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Open_in_Windows_Terminal_context_menu_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155}"=-

3 Remove "Open in Terminal" context menu for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Open_in_Windows_Terminal_context_menu_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155}"=""

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Sometimes you may need to restart the explorer process to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hi,
Nice
I did the add terminal as admin to context menu so sure don't need the vanilla one :cool:
 

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Hi. At least at my system , remove requires a restart explorer or sign out to work. (y) :wink:

Hello mate, :-)

Odd. The changes get applied immediately for me. It'll be interesting to hear from others if it's the same for them or not.
 

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Hello mate, :)

Odd. The changes get applied immediately for me. It'll be interesting to hear from others if it's the same for them or not.
I think that in any case it would be good to add to the article "if it does not work immediately restart explorer or sign-out....". (y)
 

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For me, installed Windows Terminal through micro store in win 11, but the context menu not appear! In registry it was not blocked (not in current user, not in local machine). Used laptop, maybe somebody else already disabled it other way? I used to have context menu in my old win 10 laptop with no effort, sad to be missing it now.
 

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For me, installed Windows Terminal through micro store in win 11, but the context menu not appear! In registry it was not blocked (not in current user, not in local machine). Used laptop, maybe somebody else already disabled it other way? I used to have context menu in my old win 10 laptop with no effort, sad to be missing it now.

Hello, and welcome, :-)

If you like, you might try the context menu added by the tutorial below to see if it may work better for you.

 

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Had to also restart explorer for this to work.

Hello, and welcome. :-)

Ok. After some testing, the changes were still immediate on the new context menu, but I did have to restart the explorer process to add and remove it from the old context menu that shows after clicking on "Show more options" or Shift + Right Click.

Tutorial will now be updated for this.
 

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Thanks for this registry solution, but it removes both the normal and preview version, I want to keep "Open in Terminal Preview".

Is that doable, or do I manually have to create a context item in registry?
 

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Thanks for this registry solution, but it removes both the normal and preview version, I want to keep "Open in Terminal Preview".

Is that doable, or do I manually have to create a context item in registry?

Hello erikse, :alien:

After some testing, the "Open in Terminal Preview" context menu was not removed using either option in the tutorial.

As a test, you might see if reinstalling the Windows Terminal Preview app below may restore it.


Did you remove the "Open in Terminal Preview" context menu using an option below instead?

 
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@Brink
Thanks for a rapid feedback.
I will try your suggestions tomorrow.
In the meantime, have a continued happy Easter weekend.
 

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Thanks for a rapid feedback.
I will try your suggestions tomorrow.
In the meantime, have a continued happy Easter weekend.

I hope you continue having a Happy Easter as well. :shawn:
 

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    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
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    1 TB SSD
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    Chrome and Edge
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