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  1. Windows Terminal v0.9 adds command line arguments, auto-detect PowerShell, and more This month's preview build of Windows Terminal is out now, and Microsoft has posted a changelog to go along with the new release. The update is available on GitHub and through the Microsoft Store, and it brings Terminal to version 0.9. As usual, the update brings a few new features and improvements, which are listed in full below. Microsoft has also announced that 0.9 is the final version that will see new features ahead of the 1.0 release. Command Line Arguments The wt execution alias now supports command line arguments! You can now launch Terminal with new tabs and panes split just how you like, with the profiles you like, starting in the directories you like! The possibilities are endless! Here are some examples: wt -d . Opens the Terminal with the default profile in the current working directory. wt -d . ; new-tab -d C:\ pwsh.exe Opens the Terminal with two tabs. The first is running the default profile starting in the current working directory. The second is using the default profile with pwsh.exe as the "commandline" (instead of the default profile’s "commandline") starting in the C:\ directory. wt -p "Windows PowerShell" -d . ; split-pane -V wsl.exe Opens the Terminal with two panes, split vertically. The top pane is running the profile with the name “Windows Terminal” and the bottom pane is running the default profile using wsl.exe as the "commandline" (instead of the default profile’s "commandline"). wt -d C:\Users\cinnamon\GitHub\WindowsTerminal ; split-pane -p "Command Prompt" ; split-pane -p "Ubuntu" -d \\wsl$\Ubuntu\home\cinnak -H See below. 😊 Auto-Detect PowerShell If you’re a big fan of PowerShell Core, we have great news for you. The Windows Terminal will now detect any version of PowerShell and automatically create a profile for you. The PowerShell version we think looks best (starting from highest version number, to the most GA version, to the best-packaged version) will be named as “PowerShell” and will take the original PowerShell Core slot in the dropdown. Confirm Close All Tabs Are you someone who always wants to close all of your tabs without being asked every time? If you said yes, this new feature is for you! A new global setting has been created that allows you to always hide the “Close All Tabs” confirmation dialog. You can set "confirmCloseAllTabs" to true at the top of your profiles.json file and you’ll never see that popup again! Thanks to @rstat1 for the contribution of this new setting. 😊 Other Improvements Accessibility: You can now navigate word-by-word using Narrator or NVDA! You can now drag and drop a file into the Terminal and the file path will be printed! Ctrl+Ins and Shift+Ins are bound by default to copy and paste respectively! You can now hold Shift and click to expand your selection! VS Code keys used for key bindings are now supported (i.e. "pgdn" and "pagedown" are both valid)! As is to be expected, the release also comes with a few bugs fixes, which are listed below. Bug Fixes Accessibility: Terminal won’t crash when Narrator is running! Terminal won’t crash when you provide an invalid background image or icon path! Our popup dialogs all now have rounded buttons! The search box now works properly in high contrast! Some ligatures will render more correctly! If you'd like to download the latest version of Windows Terminal, you can get it from GitHub or the Microsoft Store, and the latter will update your app automatically if you've already installed it. As always, the GitHub page also lets users contribute to the development of Windows Terminal. Source: Windows Terminal v0.9 adds command line arguments, auto-detect PowerShell, and more (Neowin)
  2. Windows Terminal Preview version 0.7 introduces panes and other UI improvements Microsoft has released the latest preview build of Windows Terminal, the new app that incorporates all of the command line-based interfaces available for Windows. The latest update brings the Terminal up to version 0.7, and it includes some welcome improvements to the UI. The biggest change is the introduction of panes, which lets users split the Terminal window into more than one section. This means it's possible to have multiple command prompts open side by side and work on them simultaneously. Right now, it's only possible to open the default profile in secondary panes, but users will be able to choose the profile for each pane in the future. The new update also brings the ability to reorder tabs in your Terminal window, and there's also a new ability to suppress the application title in the tab title. If you set a tab title, enabling this setting will make it so that you only see that as the descriptor for the tab. Finally, the border around the Terminal window is now thinner, and it will follow the theme color set by Windows 10 instead of just being black. There's also a handful of bug fixes, including: Line endings when pasting behave properly! Alt+Arrow-Keys no longer print extra characters! When you’re scrolled up, pasting now scrolls down to the prompt when using "snapOnInput"! Quickly opening and closing tabs will crash less! Cascadia Code, Microsoft's new font for coding, has also received some updates, adding support for Greek, Cyrillic, and Vietnamese. It also now ships in a couple of new variants, including one for powerline, called Cascadia Code PL, and one version that doesn't have font ligatures, called Cascadia Mono. You can check out the new release on the Cascadia Code GitHub page. Windows Terminal only ships with the standard version of the font. If you'd like to check out the latest version of the Windows Terminal, you can do so here, or wait for the update to show up on the Microsoft Store. Source: Windows Terminal Preview version 0.7 introduces panes and other UI improvements (Neowin)
  3. Getting started with Windows Terminal At Build 2019 Microsoft gave developers and power users many things to be happy about, but perhaps one of the biggest surprises was the announcement of the Windows Terminal. For those not familiar with what a Terminal is or what it’s for… It is simply an application which takes user input to and presents output from the underlying system. Its Windows equivalent was the command line. For years Microsoft has quietly taken it on the chin about its command line deficiencies while not being able to do much about it, mainly due to the fact that further modification to the command prompt would break backwards compatibility. The solution? It had to be replaced. Finally the Windows Terminal is born! This new utility gives users the ability to run the Command Prompt, PowerShell and Windows Subsystem for Linux in a modern, efficient and customizable terminal application. It brings complete control over the experience allowing users to customize every aspect of the new system. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s dive into what you need to get started on your Windows Terminal journey. Before June 21st you had to clone the source code from GitHub and build the Windows Terminal yourself, as Microsoft gave developers an early peek at the new app. That is no longer the case and it has been made available for download through the Microsoft Store. The first thing you’ll need is to make sure you’re at least running Windows 10 version 1903, also known as the May 2019 update. There are many ways to check what version of Windows you’re running. But we are going to take you the long way, click on… Start -> Settings -> System -> About and then scroll down to Windows Specifications. Your build information can be found here. If you are running an older version, there are a few ways you can get on the latest as explained here. That’s it! You’re ready to go. By default, you will get access to PowerShell and the Command Prompt. You can add the ability to load your favorite Linux distro by editing the profiles.json found by selecting “Settings”. In the next article we’re going to talk about how to add your favorite Linux distro, version of PowerShell and customize the Terminal! Source
  4. Windows Terminal is now available for download on the Microsoft Store At Build 2019, Microsoft announced the new Windows Terminal for Windows 10 users. Last night the Windows Terminal showed up on the Microsoft Store but was not available for download. Now, Microsoft has published an official post confirming the release of Windows Terminal. This will be the first of the several Windows Terminal releases. At this point, the Terminal is in preview and Microsoft has set winter of 2019 as the deadline for the Terminal 1.0 release. The new Terminal app comes with several new features such as multiple tab support, GPU accelerated DirectWrite/DirectX-based text rendering engine, support for many settings and configuration options that allows users to personalize Terminal’s appearance and more. If you’re running Windows 10 then you can download Windows Terminal from the Microsoft Store below. Microsoft has made the new Terminal open source so you can head to GitHub and contribute to the development of the app. Source
  5. Windows Terminal YouTube Video Removed by Google Due to Copyright Infringement Windows Terminal is one of the most exciting new features coming to Windows 10, and after the official announcement at the Build developer conference, the official video published on YouTube recorded more than 1 million views. And because Windows Terminal is an unreleased feature due to become available in June for insiders, users head over to YouTube to see what it’s up to. Only that those looking for the YouTube video these days end up getting an error because the video was removed due to… copyright infringement. While it sounds pretty odd for a company the size of Microsoft to have a YouTube video pulled because of a copyright claim, the message posted on the page says it loud and clear. “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Musicbed.” Video likely to be restored Needless to say, the copyright claim concerns the audio track of the video, albeit you wouldn’t expect Microsoft not to have a license with the company that owns the copyright of the soundtrack used in a YouTube video. On the other hand, the odd thing is that Microsoft does have a license with Musicbed, so removing the video for copyright infringement might after all be nothing more than an error on Google’s side. Most likely, the automatic copyright scanners used by YouTube are at fault for the video removal, which means that Microsoft’s Windows Terminal presentation should be restored anytime soon after someone manually checks the copyright infringement claim. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Windows Terminal, you can read Microsoft’s official announcement here. We’ll keep an eye on the video page on YouTube and embed the video here once it becomes available once again. Source
  6. Big performance enhancements for the Linux subsystem are also on the way. Enlarge / Windows Terminal, showing its support for themes and tabs. Microsoft Details are currently scarce, but Microsoft has announced some big changes coming to its command-line interface. In Windows 10, Microsoft has been working to make the Windows command-line experience vastly improved, making it work much more like Unix command-line environments. But a couple of issues are still waiting to be fixed: people want tabs in their command-line, and they want support for emoji. Coming in June, Windows Terminal will bring both of these. It sounds as if Windows Terminal will be able to replace the existing conhost console (the Windows component that's responsible for drawing command-line windows) with its limited feature set, ensuring that the new features are available to anything and everything that uses the command-line, including the traditional Windows NT cmd.exe but also including PowerShell and the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Windows Subsystem for Linux is also in line for some big improvements. Also coming in June, Microsoft intends to add full support for running containerized applications using Docker on WSL. This has been a much-requested piece of compatibility that developers have wanted in WSL. Microsoft also plans to address a long-standing complaint about WSL: its file system performance is very slow, taking much longer to create, enumerate, and destroy files and folders than a comparable Linux machine. Some of these issues are likely due to the NTFS file system—its performance in these areas has long lagged behind that of Linux file systems—but a big portion of the overhead appears to be WSL itself. The improvements Microsoft is making should at least double the performance of these file system operations. Source: Coming soon: Windows Terminal—finally a tabbed, emoji-capable Windows command-line (Ars Technica - Peter Bright)
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