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Windows Terminal Preview settings and configuration

 Windows Terminal is a new, 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, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations. Here are some links that might be useful for you:

Currently the  preview release can be found from the Windows Store but if you like adventures, checkout this GitHub repository.

To customize the new windows terminal open settings by Pressing ctrl + , or open it from dropdown situated on right of add tab “+” button. This should open a json file named profiles.json in your editor of choice. I’d recommend using an editor like VS-Code but plane Notepad is also fine for the job.

If by any means your are not able to find your profile.json file, have a look inside %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\RoamingState

    "globals" : {...},      //Dictionary containing configuration options like key bindings and buffer size.
    "profiles" : [...],     //An array containing profiles for each shell. it can also contain multiple profiles for same shell.
    "schemes" : [...]          //Array containing all color schemes.

To create an new profile, you have to open a Powershell terminal and generate new GUID by typing the below cmdlet.

PS C:\Users\tzman> New-Guid


then add a new profile in profiles.json

    "globals" : {...},
    "profiles" :
        {...},      //existing profiles
        {           //very basic new profile
            "closeOnExit" : true,
            "commandline" : "powershell.exe",   //replace this with "cmd.exe" or "wsl.exe -d <distribution_name>"
            "guid" : "{79285a8e-036c-446f-8a9c-78994e34bf78}",  //paste here the guid you created earlier enclosed in curly braces
            "colorScheme" : "Campbell",
            "icon" : "",     //local icon path or URL to your icon
            "name" : "PowerShell custom profile",
            "startingDirectory" : "%USERPROFILE%"
    "schemes" : [...]

TIP : you can set this profile as default by copying it’s GUID inside "defaultProfile" attribute of "global" dictionary.More attributes of “profiles”Acrylic Background

  • useAcrylic – Boolean
    toggle’s Windows style translucent background
  • acrylicOpacity – Floating point value b/w 0 and 1
    (1 : Totally opaque)
  • background – Hex color code
    default : “#000000”

Background Image

NOTE : You need to disable acrylic to enable these properties

  • backgroundImage – String
    link or path to your .png or .gif
  • backgroundImageOpacity – Floating point value b/w 0 and 1
    (1 : Totally opaque)
  • backgroundImageStretchMode – String


  • fontFace – String
    Font name
  • fontSize – Integer


  • cursorColor – Hex color code
    default : “#000000”
  • cursorShape – String
  • cursorHeight – Integer

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