The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Any application that has a command line interface can be run inside Windows Terminal. This includes everything from PowerShell and Command Prompt to Azure Cloud Shell and any WSL distribution such as Ubuntu or Oh-My-Zsh.

You can configure your Windows Terminal to have a variety of color schemes and settings. To learn how to make your own color scheme, visit the Color schemes page. You can also find custom Terminal configurations in the Custom terminal gallery.

There are a variety of custom commands you can use in Windows Terminal to have it feel more natural to you. If you don’t like a particular keyboard shortcut, you can change it to whatever you prefer.

For example, the default shortcut to copy text from the command line is ctrl+shift+c. You can change this to ctrl+1 or whatever you prefer. To open a new tab, the default shortcut is ctrl+shift+t, but maybe you want to change this to ctrl+2. The default shortcut to flip between the tabs you have open is ctrl+tab, this could be changed to ctrl+- and used to create a new tab instead.

You can learn about customizing shortcuts on the Actions page.


Your device must meet all minimum requirements to open this product
OS Windows 10 version 18362.0 or higher
Architecture ARM64, x64, x86


The first step is to visit the  Microsoft Store listing by clicking here:

The link should open in your browser and then direct you to open in the Microsoft Store app. If that doesn’t work for some reason then you can open the Microsoft Store app in Windows 10 PC and search for “Windows Terminal.”

Click on the Get button to install. Windows Terminal will now download and automatically install.

The default list of shells available in Windows Terminal are

  • Command Prompt
  • Powershell
  • Azure Cloud Shell

The integration with the Windows System for Linux (WSL) on Windows 10 also means you can easily access all the WSL shells from the Windows Terminal app as well.

You can click on settings and change the appearance or color scheme

There are a lot of settings and you can click on the open json file option, this will open the default editor for json files. There are a lot of options available at Profiles.json documentation