Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Terminal Preview 1.1 release. Last month, Microsoft extended the availability of Windows Terminal for enterprise use, courtesy of Windows Terminal version 1.0. Prior to its general release last month, the availability of Windows Terminal was limited to beta testing.
Windows Terminal Preview 1.1 now available
Windows Terminal is a new command-line hub that allows users to access different environments such as Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. According to Microsoft, Windows Terminal happens to be a “modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive” terminal application.
Some of the primary features of Windows Terminal include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode, and UTF-8 character support, in addition to a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, among other things.
You can right-click on a folder in File Explorer and select ‘Open in Windows Terminal’
Now, Windows Terminal Preview 1.1 Release brings some new features, changes, and improvements. All of these changes will become generally available once Windows Terminal 1.1 comes out of preview in July.
For now, let’s take a look at everything that’s new with Windows Terminal Preview 1.1. Release. Some of the key highlights of this preview are as follows:
- Open in Windows Terminal
- Launch Windows Terminal on startup
- Font weight support
- Alt+Click to open a pane
- Tab updates
- New command-line arguments
- Open defaults.json with the keyboard
- Bug fixes
In its recent blog post, Microsoft wrote:
“You can now right click on a folder in File Explorer and select “Open in Windows Terminal”. This will launch Windows Terminal with your default profile in the directory you had selected from File Explorer.”
Launch Windows Terminal on startup
Microsoft has added a brand-new setting, allowing users to set Windows Terminal on startup by setting startOnUserLogin to true in global settings. However, this setting will have no effect unless the Windows Terminal startup task entry is enabled either by organization policy or by user action. For example:
Font weight support
Windows Terminal Preview now supports the fontWeight setting, which accepts multiple strings describing font weights along with the corresponding numeric representation of a font-weight. For example:
Alt+Click to open a pane
Furthermore, Windows Terminal Preview users can open a profile from the dropdown menu as a pane in the current window. All you need to do is click on it while holding Alt.
“This will open that profile in a pane by using the auto split feature, which will split the active window or pane across the longest length.”
New command-line arguments
In addition to new tab updates in the form of a color picker, a tab rename option, and compact tab sizing, Windows Terminal Preview 1.1 brings some new command line arguments.
Windows Terminal can now be launched through the wt execution alias by using two new commands: –fullscreen or –maximized. Meanwhile, new-tab and split-pane commands now support –title that overrides the application title.