Apps Reset Windows Terminal Settings to Default in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to reset all Windows Terminal app settings back to default for your account in Windows 10 and 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.

Settings for the Windows Terminal app are saved to the %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\settings.json file for the current user.

Sometimes you may want or need to reset Windows Terminal app settings back to default all at once.


Contents

  • Option One: Reset Windows Terminal App and Settings to Default in Settings
  • Option Two: Reset Windows Terminal Settings to Default in Command Prompt
  • Option Three: Reset Windows Terminal Settings to Default in PowerShell
  • Option Four: Reset Windows Terminal Settings to Default in File Explorer


EXAMPLE: Windows Terminal app settings

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Option One

Reset Windows Terminal App and Settings to Default in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Apps on the left side, and click/tap on Installed apps on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on the 3 dots button for the Terminal app, and click/tap on Advanced options. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Reset. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Reset Windows Terminal Settings to Default in Command Prompt


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

del /f /s /q /a "%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\settings.json"

3 When the command has successfully deleted the settings.json file, you can close Windows Terminal to apply.

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Option Three

Reset Windows Terminal Settings to Default in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Remove-Item -Path "$env:LOCALAPPDATA\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\settings.json" -Force

3 When the command has successfully deleted the settings.json file, you can close Windows Terminal to apply.

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Option Four

Reset Windows Terminal Settings to Default in File Explorer


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Copy and paste the path below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

3 Delete the settings.json file.

4 You can now close File Explorer if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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