Windows Terminal Guide

Guide to Windows Terminal

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Microsoft has revealed its phenomenon terminal called, Windows Terminal. Microsoft, on its publication devblogs on 6th May, said that Windows Terminal is a new, modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL.

Windows Terminal will be available in Microsoft Store in Windows 10 and will be updated regularly ensured you are always up to date and able to enjoy newer features and latest environments with minimum efforts.

Microsoft launched new Windows Terminal

The Windows Terminal comes with a bunch of features. You can have multiple tabs which is the most frequently requested and Microsoft FINALLY able to deliver it. You can have any number of tabs, each tabs have separate command-line shell.

You will also have beautiful text, and you will have EMOJI! Amazing isn’t it. This feature available because the Windows Terminal make use of GPU accelerated DirectWrite/DirectX-based text engine. No more flat display again, Windows Terminal will have eye-catching and full colors. It also have windows terminal font to use that will make windows terminal more modern looks.

Fancy Windows Terminal with Emoji and Icons

The custom feature of Windows Terminal also has been implemented as many of users had requested it. You can make a custom settings and configuration options that give flexibility to control the Terminal’s appearance on EACH shell/profiles that you can open as new tabs.

Microsoft also promises they will have many features when Windows Terminal 1.0 will be released this Winter in 2019.

How To Install Windows Terminal

The Windows Terminal doesn’t have pre-built installer. Microsoft has released it under open source project on Github https://github.com/microsoft/Terminal, that you can build it on your own. Fork and clone it to make your own build.

To build on your own, as official guide stated, it uses  git submodules to  include some related dependencies. To ensure that the submodules are updated, check with the builder using the following command:

Git submodule update --init --recursive

OpenConsole.sln needs to be built in Visual Studio or built on the command line using MSBuild. The command line is built as follows:

Nuget restore OpenConsole.slnMsbuild OpenConsole.sln

That’s it.
Tell us about what you think about Windows Terminal experiences in comment below.

Update:

You can now download Windows Terminal (Preview) via Windows Store.

Windows Terminal available to download via Microsoft Store

Windows Terminal (Preview)

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