I Love the New Windows Terminal

I’ll just say it, I love the new Windows Terminal. This thing is great. It appears the finally took some lessons from the open source community, specifically tiling window managers like my beloved I3. It has tabs, panes, configurable color schemes, transparency, hardware accelerated graphics, can launch shells for cmd, posh, and azure all right there.

Screenshot of Windows TerminalI installed it yesterday after finding out that it’s reached version 1.0. We have the Windows store blocked on corporate devices, so I had to download the package and do an offline installation with Add-AppxPackage. Install was quick and easy.

The panes are an amazing improvement.  It’s something I’d gotten VERY used to from having customized i3 installed on my Kali boxes and I always missed it when I had to switch back to Windows.  So it’s nice to be able to just spawn new panes and switch around with keyboard shortcuts.

I haven’t dug too deeply into the settings config file yet. But it looks easy enough and includes links for more info. I absolutely plan to rice this thing as heavily as I do my Kali installs.  But for now I’m just happy to have this thing available.

I’ll often use multiple terminals to do things like keep multiple ping loops. Generally while making routing/switching changes etc. I’ll have one loop per site. I’ve always hated arranging the windows manually. I also often use multiple windows when stacking ps remote sessions. So that will also be nice to just pop a pane and let it go. You can set custom environment variables for each platform as well. So I can set specific variables for POSH and CLI. that will be quite handy as well.

So there you have it, and I’ll say it one more time. I love the new Windows Terminal. Kudos to the team who built it.