During the 2019 edition of its Developers Build Conference, Microsoft took the opportunity to introduce the new Windows command line interface called Windows Terminal. Then Microsoft explained that is designed to be the central location for access to environments such as PowerShell, Cmd, and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Developers can customize it in various ways and add themes and extensions to it.
The first preview of the new Windows Terminal appeared last June. It was followed by a second preview in July. While during this month of August, Microsoft has published not one, but two previews of Windows Terminal: the third preview at the beginning of the month and more recently Windows Terminal Preview v0.4, the fourth version recently available on Microsoft Store and GitHub.
Microsoft intends to release final version 1.0 of its new utility this winter And in the meantime, forecasts should follow quickly.
This new preview Windows Terminal Microsofr highlights that it has new features added, such as the support for multiple tabs, being able to place background images, as well as being able to control opacity of background and color schemes, and more.
The configuration is stored in JSON files. Also included are keyboard shortcut definitions, starting number of rows and columns, font settings, and the command to run when opening a new tab.
The fourth preview of Windows Terminal also presents new features and one of the most important is probably the placement of the text in HTML.
Now when a range of text is selected and copied to the clipboard, Terminal writes the selected text to the clipboard in HTML format.
This will allow the user to paste content of this type to other applications such as Microsoft Outlook or Word. The clipboard will always copy the HTML data with the normal text.
Also Microsoft emphasizes that it should be noted that the profiles.json file has been moved from the RoamingState folder to the LocalState folder to prevent the settings from being automatically migrated to your other devices and to resolve some issues that cause the device to hang.
Also, if there is a problem with your profiles.json file, the device will display an error message describing what is wrong. If your profiles.json file cannot be read correctly, the device will use its default settings. However, it will not replace your existing configuration file.
In version v0.3, Microsoft introduced the parameter "TabTitle" which allowed users to set the tab title for each profile in settings.
Applying this setting overrides the tab caption provided by the Profile Shell. Microsoft this feature has changed in version 0.4.
Henceforth, tab title will default to profile name instead of path of the executable. If the user wants to change what is used as the default title, just use tabTitle to replace the profile name on the tab.
To clarify, the shell title is the title provided by the command line application that is used within the profile instance. This means that the command line application will still be able to overwrite the title of the tab.
Another change that stands out is that now in this new version you can use the key combinations that include «AltGr, Ctrl and Alt».
Well now in this new preview 4 the AltGr key is now detected before the key binding functionality, so it is available to users.
The default key combination provided with this version to open the drop-down list is "Ctrl + Shift + Space".
Finally, if you want to know more about the launch of this new preview of the Windows Terminal, you can consult the following link.