Using Microsofts New Windows Terminal Tool

One tool that I have recently found that I have quite enjoyed is the Windows Terminal by Microsoft Corporation.

The Windows Terminal is a 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, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.
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Normally I am a bit leery of these, but after reading the description I figured I would give it a try and if I didn’t like it I could always uninstall it. I do like that this tool combines Command Prompt, PowerShell, and Windows Subsystem for Linux. Also, this tool has native SSH and tabs which are currently the main use for me.

A few things I have found interesting:
Key Combinations:

  • Create a new pane but split it horizontally: Alt+Shift+- (Alt, Shift, and minus)
  • Create a new pane but split vertically: Alt+Shift++ (Alt, Shift, and plus)
  • Move pane focus: Alt+Left, Alt+Right, Alt+Down, Alt+Up
  • Resize the focused pane: Alt+Shift+Left, Alt+Shift+Right, Alt+Shift+Down, Alt+Shift+Up
  • Close a pane: Ctrl+Shift+W

From what I have gathered all of these key combinations are customizable along with many other options.

I have to say that I am by no means a power user. This tool hasn’t been able to fully replace PuTTY for me due to some features that I use from time to time (telnet and serial ports), but I am sure if I took more time to figure out this tool it could be a very good replacement. To find out more check out the documentation:

Let me know your thoughts, what tools you find helpful, or if you have used this, and what you have found helpful.
Thank you,

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