Microsoft has this week rolled out a new stable update for Windows Terminal, alongside a new preview release. On the stable side, the company is sending out Windows Terminal 1.9, which was first announced back at Build 2021. As for preview users, they are moving to version 1.10 of the command line experience.
Windows Terminal is Microsoft's 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.
Version 1.9 adds Quake Mode to the service. Quake Mode makes it easier for users to quickly open a terminal window from anywhere in Windows 10. This happens through a keyboard shortcut. Other main changes to this version include mouse input for Windows console applications and a Terminal preview in the Appearances page on Settings.
Microsoft says version 1.9 will be rolling out to users soon. You can check out all the information for this build on the blog the company published during Build 2021.
Version 1.10 in Preview
Moving onto the new preview release, which brings Windows Terminal to version 1.10 and is more feature-rich than version 1.9. Below are the main features we are getting with this preview:
“Command palette button in dropdown
Microsoft noticed that the Feedback button inside the dropdown menu was hardly used and decided to change this button to a command palette button to make the command palette more discoverable. Clicking this button will launch the command palette just as if you typed Ctrl+Shift+P.
Quake mode in system tray
When the quake mode window is dismissed, it will now remain inside your system tray. This gives you the option to open your quake window from the tray in addition to typing Win+`. Additionally, after launching the quake window, you no longer need the parent terminal instance running in your taskbar in order to open the quake window again. You can close the taskbar instance of terminal and still have access to your quake window because it's running inside the tray.
Windows Terminal now displays bold text in the text renderer. Microsoft will be adding a setting in the future that lets you configure this functionality.
Settings UI updates
Microsoft continually works to improve the settings UI experience. Here are their latest updates:
In the version 1.8 release, Microsoft removed base layer from the settings UI. Base layer is the equivalent to the “defaults” section of your settings.json file, which applies settings to all of your profiles. Microsoft removed this page because the functionality introduced an architectural conflict with the JSON fragment extensions.
Microsoft is currently working on designing a new UI solution and we've received some feedback that a page for “defaults” is highly requested in the settings UI. The first step to their solution is adding it back into the settings UI under the name “Defaults”. This new naming matches the syntax used in the settings.json file. The next step in their solution is to design an extensions page to help you manage your JSON fragment extensions.
Add new actions
Windows Terminal comes with a ton of different actions at your disposal. Most of them include keyboard shortcuts by default and now Microsoft is giving you the ability to add your own keyboard shortcuts without removing existing ones using the settings UI.”
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