New Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal is a new command line terminal app from Microsoft. Continuing their recent trend, it is also open source. It’s got tabs, and supports WSL, CMD, and PowerShell. It’s configurable, similar to how VSCode config is done. I needed to figure out a few simple config options.

Open the preferences.

Default terminal

Change "defaultProfile" attribute to the guid of your preferred terminal.

Adding a new profile

Each profile is identified by a unique guid (aka Global Unique IDentifier). You can generate a new guid by running New-Guid in a PowerShell. Rest of the profile configs is described in the docs: Adding profiles for third-party tools.

Visual Studio Command Prompt

Commandlines with special characters and whitespace in paths need to be escaped with a ^ (caret). Here are my settings for a Visual Studio CMD prompt.

    "guid": "{0e711e5a-26b4-4d54-8db3-6a8b6548a2a7}",
    "name": "Visual Studio CMD",
    "commandline": "cmd.exe /k \"C:\\Program^ Files^ ^(x86)\\Microsoft^ Visual^ Studio\\2017\\Professional\\VC\\Auxiliary\\Build\\vcvars64.bat\"",
    "fontFace": "Droid Sans Mono",
    "fontSize": 10,
    "colorScheme": "One Half Dark",
    "hidden": false


I had to dig a bit to find the names for arrow keys. right, left, up, down.

    { "command": "nextTab", "keys": ["alt+shift+right"]},
    { "command": "prevTab", "keys": ["alt+shift+left"]},
    { "command": "newTab", "keys": ["ctrl+shift+t"]}

profiles.json docs
Editing JSON settings