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Windows Terminal 1.7 Arrives in Preview, Version 1.6 Becomes Generally Available

Review testers of Windows Terminal 1.7 get several new windowing features, UI changes, and a read only mode within panes.


has revealed 1.7 is now rolling out in preview. As is the way with the command replacement, when one build comes to preview the previous becomes generally available. In this case, that means version 1.6 is now available to all Windows 10 users.

Looking specifically at Windows Terminal 1.7, this can be filed under “extensive update”. Microsoft says there are many improvements in this build, including UI settings, better windowing, and obligatory bug fixes.

The most important of the changes in version 1.7 come in windowing. Windows Terminal now gives users the choice of where a pane launches. This is achieved through “windowingBehavior” global settings.

Specifically, it is possible to open a new window instance within an existing terminal. Alternatively, windows can be opened separately. Microsoft says there are three options available on the Startup page.

More Changes

Elsewhere, Windows Terminal 1.7 introduces a “newWindows” actions. As the name suggests, it provide users with a way to open a new window, this time with a keyboard shortcut. Furthermore, users can also open a new tab in the current windows or within a new window.

Also, in this latest build is a read-only feature for panes. This allows Terminal users to stop pause all inputs into windows through the “toggleReadOnlyMode” command. This is important because it makes it easier to avoid unwanted key presses during a build.

Below are some of the other changes Microsoft is making this month:

  • Windows Terminal now has support for paste filtering and paste mode.
  • Tab switcher shows zoom options, progress, and bell.
  • That bell indicator is now stuck to the tab when BEL is emitted.
  • Hyperlinks now have support for file URI.

Windows Terminal is a new command prompt experience for Windows 10. Developers can leverage multiple tabs and customize the experience with themes. On that latter front, you'll need to edit a JSON file to access the full suite of customization tools.

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Do you know that Windows 10 now has a package manager similar to Linux called “Winget”? In our tutorial, we show you how to install and use this new tool that allows the quick installation of apps via PowerShell or a GUI.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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