Windows Terminal will soon be the default command line tool for Windows 11

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Microsoft has revealed that Windows Terminal will become the default command line experience in Windows 11 beginning next year.

According to a new blog post announcing the change, a default terminal is the terminal emulator that launches by default when opening a command line application. 

After being released with Windows 7, Windows Console Host or conhost.exe became Microsoft's terminal emulator. As a result, shells like Command Prompt and PowerShell have always opened inside the Windows Console Host.

Up until now, programmers using Windows PCs were not easily able to replace the console host. While there were third party solutions that hooked Microsoft's operating system to make it possible, it was never truly supported. With this latest change, the company is opening up the functionality to allow for other terminals in addition to Windows Terminal to be set as the default.

Changing your default terminal

If you've already upgraded to Windows 11, there are multiple ways to set Windows Terminal as your default experience.

For instance, you can find the setting inside the Developer settings page of Windows settings, inside Windows Terminal's settings on the Startup page and inside the Windows Console Host property sheet.

Over the course of next year, Microsoft is planning to make Windows Terminal the default experience on Windows 11 devices. The company plans to start with the Windows Insider Program and move through rings until it becomes available to everyone on Windows 11.

For those that are currently testing out this new command line experience, you can leave feedback for Microsoft so that it can iron out all of the bugs and issues before its official release to the stable version of Windows 11.

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Anthony Spadafora

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