Windows Terminal

Microsoft released Windows Terminal Preview v.08 today and with it comes useful improvements that include a console search feature, tab sizing, and a new retro option that makes consoles look like an old CRT.

The Windows Terminal app is a new multi-tab console application being developed by Microsoft that allows users to have multiple console tabs open in one window. These tabs can be a mix of CMD prompts, PowerShell consoles, and different shells from Linux distributions installed via the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Below we have outlined the major features added in this build.

New Search feature

With this release, users can now search for text within an open console window by using the Ctrl+Shift+F keyboard combination. 

New search feature
New search feature

If you are like me and wish the Find feature used the Ctrl+F keyboard combination, you can change it by adding a new keybinding like the following:

    "keybindings": [
        { "command": "find", "keys": [ "ctrl+f" ] }
    ]

New Tab width setting

By default, Windows Terminal will display equal width tabs for every open tab.

Version 0.8 introduces a new tabWidthMode global setting that can be set to either ‘equal’ or ‘titleLength’.  If set to titleLength, the width of the tabs will be equal (with a little padding) to the title of the tab as shown below.

New tabWidthMode setting
New tabWidthMode setting

Retro

Finally, Microsoft added a fun experimental feature that emulates a retro CRT when displaying the console.

This feature is controlled by the ‘experimental.retroTerminalEffect‘ setting that when set to true will cause the fonts to glow and the console to show scanlines.

This is illustrated in a Linux shell running Midnight Commander below.

New retro mode with scanlines and glowing fonts
New retro mode with scanlines and glowing fonts

To enable the retro Terminal effect, you can add the following setting to a profile: 

            "experimental.retroTerminalEffect": 1,            

For the above example, Windows Terminal Program Manager Kayla Cinnamon told BleepingComputer that she set her “color scheme to Vintage and am using the PxPlus IBM VGA8 font from here: https://int10h.org/oldschool-pc-f.”

For those who do not have the Vintage color scheme, it is:

        {
            "name": "Vintage",
            "foreground": "#C0C0C0",
            "background": "#000000",
            "black": "#000000",
            "red": "#800000",
            "green": "#008000",
            "yellow": "#808000",
            "blue": "#000080",
            "purple": "#800080",
            "cyan": "#008080",
            "white": "#C0C0C0",
            "brightBlack": "#808080",
            "brightRed": "#FF0000",
            "brightGreen": "#00FF00",
            "brightYellow": "#FFFF00",
            "brightBlue": "#0000FF",
            "brightPurple": "#FF00FF",
            "brightCyan": "#00FFFF",
            "brightWhite": "#FFFFFF"
        }

More information about these settings and other changes can be read in v0.8’s release notes.




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