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I was excited to hear about the new Windows Terminal as it brings a big improvement over the default cmd and Powershell experiences.
- GPU powered
- Emoji support
I was excited to try this new Terminal out as a great new built-in tool. Currently I'm using Hyper as my terminal. I'm also using the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) v1 and Ubuntu as my shell.
Current Setup Bottlenecks
With this setup, I can have a Linux setup on my Windows. While this setup is great, there have been some times where I notice performance isn't as fast as it would be on a Linux or Mac. I'm looking forward to Windows Subsystem for Linux v2 which promises to greatly improve performance.
Another bottleneck is that Hyper is built on web technologies HTML/CSS/JS so it's not exactly a native application. Graphical performance may be a little slower.
The new Windows Terminal comes with all the modern bells and whistles along with the performance of a native app.
The new Windows Terminal can be installed from the Windows Store: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9N0DX20HK701
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Once installed, just go into your Start menu and open it up!
We are able to create tabs!
We are able to click on the dropdown and create new shells from the list:
Let's experiment with configuring this a little bit. If we open up settings, we can see that everything is currently configured in a
We can configure things like:
- Default size
- Hiding/showing the tab bar
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Profiles (cmd, Powershell, Ubuntu/wsl)
- Color schemes
I recommend looking through this to see exactly what you can change:
The only settings I changed for each profile was to give each some padding. I changed the following:
# from "padding": "0, 0, 0, 0", # to "padding": "20, 10, 20, 20",
I also changed out the font from
Consolas to my current favorite
Operator Mono. I've also changed
fontSize to be
Finally I changed out the color scheme.
If we look towards the bottom of
profiles.json, we can see that there are a few color schemes:
- One Half Dark
- One Half Light
- Solarized Dark
- Solarized Light
We can update the color scheme for each of the profiles by adjusting the setting. I've set all mine to be One Half Dark:
"colorScheme": "One Half Dark",
Here's how my Ubuntu looks now:
- No pasting with ctrl + v. Only right click and only in Ubuntu/wsl
- No copying
- No ability to click links
- No split screen (vertical/horizontal) like in Hyper or iTerm
While these aren't major drawbacks, I think I will be sticking with Hyper as my terminal for now.
Really looking forward to the changes that they bring in the next updates and kudos to Microsoft for taking a look at the developer tools on Windows and improving them.