Microsoft releases a new update to its Windows Terminal app, version 1.3, which is available for developers for testing. The newly launched Windows Terminal Version 1.3 has got new features, and other options have added like command palette and advanced tab switcher. 

Windows Terminal, Version 1.3 Released

Windows Terminal version 1.3

In June, Microsoft released Windows Terminal as a stable release and Windows Terminal Preview with latest features. Both the open-source apps can be installed from Microsoft Store. 

In May 2020, Microsoft released Windows Terminal 1.0. It is the app which provides to developers who use command-line tools like Command Prompt, PowerShell, Azure Cloud Shell and Windows Subsystem for Linux distribution. 

With the update of Windows Terminal Preview 1.3 comes new “command palette”. This feature allows the users to search through every command which is available in Windows Terminal. It is a similar feature in Microsoft’s code editor, Visual Studio Code. By default, the shortcut is Ctrl + Shift + however, and you can change it if you want.

Microsoft says, 

“The command palette has two modes: action mode and command line mode. Action mode is the mode you will enter by default and will list all of your Windows Terminal commands. Command line mode can be entered by typing > and you can then enter any wt command, which will be invoked on the current window”.

The Command Pallete has two modes, and one is ‘Action mode’ and ‘Command line mode’. The Action mode is the default mode and has all the Windows Terminal commands. And the Command line mode needs typing > and then enter any ‘wt’ command. 

Apart from this, there is a new ‘advanced tab switcher’ which makes easy to move between tabs which are handling WSL, PowerShell and others.

A program manager for Windows Terminal, Kayla Cinnamon explains,

“This is enabled by default with the useTabSwitcher global setting. When enabled, the nextTab and prevTab commands will use the tab switcher. By default, these keyboard shortcuts are Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab, respectively.”

The team is experimenting with new commands which can be added to users key bindings in settings.json file through wt.exe command line arguments. One can do it with ‘wt’ command. 

The open-source subscribers have also pushed a feature which allows the users to send input to the shell through keyboard shortcut with ‘sendInput’ command. 

A new Tab search feature caters to people who open so many tabs. According to the program manager, it is a “life saver” which allows users search through tabs in a new search box by using tabSearch command.


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