Windows Terminal new features shipping with version 1.8

Windows Terminal version 1.8 ships with Settings UI, customization improvements, new command arguments, and more.

Windows Terminal Settings UI
Windows Terminal Settings UI

The Windows Terminal app version 1.8 is now rolling out in the preview channel with a bunch of new features and improvements and ships version 1.7 to the stable channel.

In this release, the app finally brings the Settings graphical interface to the stable channel. It also implements the Shift and Click shortcut to open a new profile window, settings to customize the console when a window is not in focus, new command arguments, and there is a new option to name windows, and more.

What’s new on Windows Terminal 1.8

Here’s everything new with version 1.8 of the Windows Terminal app for Windows 10.

New Settings interface

In version 1.7 available in the stable channel and with version 1.8 in the preview channel, the Windows Terminal app now has a Settings interface to customize the experience, appearance, color scheme, startup behavior, profiles, and more. This means no more having to modify JSON files with a text editor (for the most part).

You can open the Settings from the main menu or using the Ctrl + , (comma) keyboard shortcut.

As part of the Settings improvements, when updating a profile, you will now find a drop-down to select the font, which means that you no longer have to type the font family name.

In this release, Microsoft is removing the base layer settings that allow you to specify all the common settings you want to use in all the profiles due to some architectural conflicts. However, the company is looking into other ways to bring the feature back.

Open profile in new window

Starting with version 1.8, you can now press and hold the Shift key and click in the profile drop-down menu to open the profile in a new window.

Appearance settings for unfocused profile

You can now add the "unfocusedAppearance" object into your profile’s JSON object and specify the appearance settings inside it.

Once you specify the settings, the profile will enable the appearance changes when the window is not in focus.

// Sets the profile's background image opacity to 0.3 when it is unfocused
"unfocusedAppearance":
{
 "backgroundImageOpacity": 0.3<
},

New command arguements

Windows Terminal also includes some new command-line arguments in the list of wt, including the suppressApplicationTitle argument and --suppressApplicationTitle/--useApplicationTitle flags.

These new additions specify a specific profile to suppress app title changes upon start when using the command line.

Other improvements, includes tabSwitcherMode has been added to the nextTab and prevTab actions. The split-pane subcommand now accepts -D,–duplicate to duplicate the profile of the currently active pane, and you can now use the --colorScheme parameter on new-tab and split-pane commands.

Windows Terminal 1.8 is now available as a preview with the new features mentioned above and several bug fixes, and you can download it from the Microsoft Store or GitHub.

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