Microsoft introduced a new Windows Terminal Preview v1.10 today, and it arrives with various handy improvements, including bold text support, Quake mode on the taskbar, easier access to the Command Palette, improved settings, and more.
Microsoft released Windows Terminal 1.10 today, and it arrives with some of the convenient advanced features and shortcuts for an optimal experience. With today’s release, Windows Terminal is being updated to version 1.9, and Windows Terminal Preview becomes version 1.10. As we have already tested the 1.9 version in preview since May, we will further focus on the new features coming to Windows Terminal Preview, which continue moving the console app.
Advanced Feature of Windows Terminal
In Windows Terminal 1.9, Microsoft released an advanced feature called ‘Quake Mode’ that permits you to launch a new Windows Terminal window while in any other application. To do this, one should use the Windows+ keyboard combination, which leads a Windows Terminal window to open and take up the top half of your display.
One can easily dismiss this new Windows by using the Windows+ shortcut again. While this is not a radical feature, when you are in the mid of coding or handling devices, it gets a quick method device, it gives a faster method to run a new Terminal Windows.
With Windows Terminal 1.10, Microsoft has advanced this process by creating a close Quake mode Window to minimize to the taskbar instead.
To launch the window again, you simply need to double-click on the icon in your taskbar.
How to Replace Feedback Button via the Command Palette
Windows Terminal 1.10 also gets rid of the Feedback button, which was not traditionally used, and replaced it with a button that launches the Command Palette. “We noticed that the Feedback button inside the dropdown menus was rarely used and we also figured this was highly valuable real estate. We decided to change this button to a command palette button to make the command palette more recognizable (because who doesn’t love the command palette),” Microsoft stated in the Windows Terminal 1.0 release.
For those who are not much familiar with the Widows Terminal Command Palette, it is an overlay that can be launched using Ctrl + Shift + P.
With the change, the Command Palette becomes much handier by simply launching the Windows Terminal dropdown menu and clicking on its button.
With the help of Chester Liu, Microsoft added bold text support to the Windows Terminal console. You can test this feature now using a command like:
Echo –e ‘Normal, \x1b[1mbold\x1b[22m, \x1b[3mitalic\x1b[23m, \x1b [1 ; 3mbold italic\x1b[22;23m’
Setting UI Enhancements
Microsoft has added back the “Defaults” section of the settings UI that permits you to configure the default settings for all profiles in Windows Terminal. When you make changes to the default settings, they will apply to all existing and future profiles without their customized settings.
Microsoft said this feature is still a work-in-progress, and users can give feedback on the project’s GitHub issues page. A feature that will likely be very well-known is the new ability to add custom actions for various commands in Windows Terminal. You need to go through the Settings > Actions page, you can add your custom keyboard shortcuts for action without removing previous shortcuts for a similar command.
Some other Enhancements
Additionally to the above most important changes in Windows Terminal 1.10, various bug fixes and improvements are mentioned below:
- Closing tables should no longer crash in the terminal
- There should be many fewer crashes (hopefully none) when launching the setting UI
- You can now launch a new tab using the command line without the terminal dismissing.
- Performance and reliability improvements.
- A default terminal in version 1.10 is much reliable in 22000.65. Default terminal in 1.10 is not compatible with 22000.51 and 1.9 is not compatible with 22000.65
- One can now specifically set the language preference for the terminal. This setting can be found on the Appearance page of the settings UI.
- Front settings can now be represented as an object in the settings.json.file.
- You can now close tabs by index.