Apps Open Windows Terminal in Windows 11


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Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application 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.

See also: An overview on Windows Terminal

This tutorial will show you different ways to open Windows Terminal in Windows 11.


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EXAMPLE: Windows Terminal

You can select which shell to open in Windows Terminal.


Windows_Terminal.png






OPTION ONE

Open Windows Terminal from Win+X Quick Link Menu


Starting with Windows 11 build 22579, Windows Terminal and Windows Terminal (Admin) in the Win+X menu has been replaced by Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell (Admin). If you have Windows Terminal installed and would like Windows PowerShell to open in Windows Terminal, set Windows Terminal as your default terminal app.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, if Windows Terminal is installed the Win+X menu will include an entry for Terminal, and in cases where Windows Terminal is uninstalled it will display Windows PowerShell.


1 Open the Win+X Quick Link menu. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Windows Terminal.

Windows_Terminal_Win+X.jpg






OPTION TWO

Open Windows Terminal from Start Menu


Starting with Windows 11 build 22572, Windows Terminal is now called Terminal under Start.


1 Open the Start menu, and click/tap on All apps. (see screenshot below)

Windows_Terminal_Start_menu-1.jpg

2 Perform one of the following actions on how you want to open Windows Terminal: (see screenshot below)
  • Click/tap on Windows Terminal.
  • Right click or press and hold on Windows Terminal, and click/tap on the shell you want to open in Windows Terminal.
Windows_Terminal_Start_menu-2.jpg





OPTION THREE

Open Windows Terminal from Search


1 Open Windows Search (Win+S). (see screenshot below)

2 Type Windows Terminal into the Search box.

3 Perform one of the following actions on how you want to open Windows Terminal: (see screenshot below)
  • Click/tap on Open for Windows Terminal.
  • Click/tap on the shell you want to open in Windows Terminal.
Windows_Terminal_Search.jpg






OPTION FOUR

Open Windows Terminal from Run


1 Open Run (Win+R). (see screenshot below)

2 Type wt into Run, and click/tap on OK.

Windows_Terminal_Run.png






OPTION FIVE

Open Windows Terminal from Task Manager


1 Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).

2 Click/tap on File on the menu bar, and click/tap on Run new task. (see screenshot below)

Windows_Terminal_Task_Manager-1.png

3 Type wt into the "Create new task" dialog, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Windows_Terminal_Task_Manager-2.png





OPTION SIX

Open Windows Terminal from "Open in Windows Terminal" Context Menu


1 Right click on your Desktop (Win+D) or a folder you want to open in Windows Terminal.

2 Click/tap on Open in Windows Terminal in the context menu. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hi,
You found a way to remove the multiple line paste warnings yet
Plus closing multiple tabs warning in terminal ?

These two are really annoying to keep having to click past.
 

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Hi,
You found a way to remove the multiple line paste warnings yet
Plus closing multiple tabs warning in terminal ?

These two are really annoying to keep having to click past.

Hello mate, :)

I found this below, but I don't actually see it in Windows Terminal Settings.

 

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Hi,
I had to reinstall terminal on all three systems so far
One was accidentally uninstalled
Other two couldn't get to settings inside terminal got json read error so just uninstalled and reinstalled from store and that was fixed.

The paste line error is the weird one seeing power shell or cmd don't do it
MS integrated to much browser mess into terminal and as you say no setting to control it.
Just a simple check box to not show again would suffice.
 

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With "multiLinePasteWarning": false, and "largePasteWarning": false, settings ( see links below), it is possible to get rid of the "Multi-line messsage".

beginning of my settings.json
Code:
// This file was initially generated by Windows Terminal 1.6.10571.0
// It should still be usable in newer versions, but newer versions might have additional
// settings, help text, or changes that you will not see unless you clear this file
// and let us generate a new one for you.

// To view the default settings, hold "alt" while clicking on the "Settings" button.
// For documentation on these settings, see: https://aka.ms/terminal-documentation
{   "multiLinePasteWarning": false,
    "largePasteWarning": false,
    "$schema": "https://aka.ms/terminal-profiles-schema",

found here:

ps: if you only use the first (multiLinePasteWarning), you still get a "smaller" message if the text you are pasting is greater than 5Kib.
 
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Hi,
No app associated with json to see or change options.
 

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Hi,
No app associated with json to see or change options.

You can select to open it with Notepad to edit it. No need to set Notepad as the default app for it though.

 

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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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You can select to open it with Notepad to edit it. No need to set Notepad as the default app for it though.

Hi,
I smell another tutorial coming lol
 

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das10

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By default, when you click on the Windows Terminal "Settings cogwheel", it throws an error but as @Brink said, you can either select Notepad as one-off's for opening the .json file type, or go to the following directory for getting access to the settings.json file (which is just a specially structured text file) and open it with Notepad.

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\

I personally have associated the .json files with Notepad, and will see if it ever needs to be dis-associated for any reason, as at least for the time being it then allows me to click the "Settings cogwheel" to directly access the settings file.
 

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Hi,
Since ms added browser features why not about:config access I know :shawn: is looking for that one :lmao:
 

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    Onboard Realtek x3
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    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    To many to list
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
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    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
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One more way to do it without going through "Open With" is to to just paste this into the Powershell Terminal once (so it gets saved to History).

Notepad.exe "$Env:LOCALAPPDATA\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\settings.json"
 

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I uninstalled this "thing". One more black mark on Windows 11. Terminal seems like a beta software.

I wanted to see what on earth Azure Cloud is and put that on. The next thing I know I was automatically prompted an error message and the terminal froze, it no longer had a cursor or a tab. The error demanded that I was not connected to the internet, even worse: I wasnt able to go back and select terminal to default back to Powershell or pick CMD on restart. There was no settings or prefrences on Azure mode — you can get in but you can't get out. There is no cursor waiting for an instruction (where one could cocieveably exit by typing some command). No the terminal only wants you follow its instructions alone. The whole window is just one featureless code box of uncontrollable Azure cloud loop.

And the fact that the letters on it and the text lines are very spaced out when compared to traditional CLIs (CMD, PS...) means that I have no use for WT even superficially / aesthetically. If I need it in the future hopefully the bugs will be sorted by then. Till then it's dead bloat I can do without. Once again the classic software trumps the old one (just like Paint for example) and whatever "improvement" there may be under the hood is not worth picking the new one at the expense of the user-friendly feature rich classic equivalent application. Like someone said here (elsewhere) Windows 11 is designed as if Microsoft has decided that we have all become children or disabled or something.
 
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I uninstalled this "thing". One more black mark on Windows 11. Terminal seems like a beta software.

I wanted to see what on earth Azure Cloud is and put that on. The next thing I know I was automatically prompted an error message and the terminal froze, it no longer had a cursor or a tab. The error demanded that I was not connected to the internet, even worse: I wasnt able to go back and select terminal to default back to Powershell or pick CMD on restart. There was no settings or prefrences on Azure mode — you can get in but you can't get out. The whole window is just one featureless code box of uncontrolled Azure cloud loop. The fact that the letters on it and the text lines are very spaced out when compared to traditional CMD and PS interfaces meant I had no use for WT. If I need it in the future hopefully the bugs will be sorted by then. Till then it's dead bloat I can do without. Once again the classic software trumps the old one (just like Paint for example) and whatever "improvement" there may be under the hood is not worth picking the new one at the expense of the user-friendly feature rich classic equivalent application. Like someone said here (elsewhere) Windows 11 is designed as if Microsoft has decided that we have all become disabled or something.
Hm i've used it a load and it seems fine for me, Seems like more of an Azure Problem than a Windows terminal problem.
 

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    Gigabyte Gaming X Z490
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