Default experience

How to make Window Terminal the system default on Windows 11

Here's how to ditch the Windows Console Host for the modern Windows Terminal app on Windows 11.

Windows 11 change default terminal

On Windows 11, it’s possible to make the Windows Terminal app the default experience to open and run Command Prompt, PowerShell, and Linux commands instead of the legacy Windows Console Host.

This guide will teach you the steps to set the modern Windows Terminal app the default experience on Windows 11.

Configure Windows Terminal as the new default app on Windows 11

To make the Windows Terminal app the new default command-line experience, use these steps:

  1. Open Windows Terminal.

  2. Click the menu button next to the new tab option and select the Settings option.

  3. Click on Startup.

  4. Under the “Startup” section, use the “Default terminal application” drop-down menu and select the Windows Terminal option.

    Windows Terminal default settings

  5. (Optional) Use the “Default profile” drop-down menu and select the Command Prompt option if you want to open the app directly into Command Prompt instead of PowerShell.

  6. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the next time you try to open Command Prompt, PowerShell, or a Windows Subsystem for Linux distro, the experience will open with the Windows Terminal app.

It’s worth noting that while you can change the default command-line experience manually, Microsoft plans to make the Windows Terminal the new system default sometime in 2022.