Apps Open Windows Terminal in Quake Mode in Windows 11


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Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application included in Windows 11 for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Windows Terminal comes with quake mode. "Quake mode" is the name for the special mode the terminal enters when naming a window _quake. When a window is in quake mode:
  • The terminal is automatically snapped to the top half of the monitor.
  • The window can no longer be resized horizontally or from the top. It can only be resized on the bottom.
  • The window automatically enters focus mode (note that you may have multiple tabs in focus mode).
  • When windowingBehavior is set to "useExisting" or "useAnyExisting", they will ignore the existence of the _quake window.
  • When minimized, the window will be hidden from the taskbar and from Alt + Tab.
  • Only one window may be the quake mode window at a time.
This tutorial will show you how to open Windows Terminal in quake mode in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Open Windows Terminal in Quake Mode
  • Option Two: Toggle Minimize (hide) and Restore (show) Windows Terminal Quake Mode window
  • Option Three: Close Windows Terminal Quake Mode window


EXAMPLE: Windows Terminal in quake mode

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Option One

Open Windows Terminal in Quake Mode


1 Perform one of the following actions:



Option Two

Toggle Minimize (hide) and Restore (show) Windows Terminal Quake Mode window


1 Once you open Windows Terminal in quake mode, you can press the Win + ` keys to toggle minimize (hide) and restore (show) the Windows Terminal Quake Mode window.

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Option Three

Close Windows Terminal Quake Mode window


1 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  • Type Exit in the Windows Terminal quake mode window, and press Enter.
  • Hover over the Windows Terminal icon on the taskbar to show its thumbnail preview, and click/tap on the Close (X) button on the thumbnail preview.
  • Right click or press and hold on the Windows Terminal icon on the taskbar, and click/tap on the Close all windows.
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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Close Windows Terminal Quake Mode window​

Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
Typing the EXIT command in the Terminal window will also close it.
 

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