Microsoft Windows Terminal

Rikin Shah
2 min readApr 14, 2021

What is Microsoft Windows Terminal? Windows Terminal is a multi-tabbed command line application and is a modern alternative to command line tools like PowerShell, Command Prompt and Windows Subsystem for Linux. Best thing about it is, its fully customizable.


  • Multi-tabbed/pane
  • Open Source
  • Unicode and UTF-8 characters support (you can add emojis on command prompt!!)
  • Fully customizable (create your own theme, background, colors, text, and shortcuts)
  • GPU accelerated text — DirectX/DirectWrite text rendering engine is used to render text

How to Customize your Terminal PowerShell window:
Open Windows Terminal and go to Settings. This will open settings.json file in the any editor you have already installed. By default Windows Terminal is equipped with 3 profiles: Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell and Azure Cloud Shell. Here, I have taken example of Windows PowerShell. Go to Windows PowerShell in profiles array in the settings.json file and add below attributes and notice the change right away.

  • Change Opacity
    “useAcrylic”: true,
    “acrylicOpacity”: 0.4
  • Change Background Image
    “backgroundImage”: “C:\\Users\\Rikin\\Pictures\\backiee-63786.jpg”,
    “backgroundImageOpacity”: 0.8

Similarly using this settings.json you can set default directory, different themes for different profiles. You can also create desktop shortcuts to open predefined consoles into multiple tabs and panes.



Rikin Shah

Solution Architect — Dynamics 365/CRM and other related technologies