Windows 11 Add Windows Terminal Profiles to Context Menu

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In Windows 11, you can add Windows Terminal Profiles to the context menu in File Explorer. So that you will be able to launch it in the current folder directly with the desired profile, without switching to it.

Windows Terminal is a newest console app, available in modern versions of Windows 10, and Windows 11. It now comes pre-installed, so you don't have to download it manually. The Windows Terminal app unifies the command prompt, various PowerShell versions, and WSL, in one tool and allows running them simultaneously. Each console session runs in its own tab. It support transparency, background images, emoji in text and uses GPU acceleration to draw the output. In Windows 11, the Terminal app is available out of the box and serves as your main entry point to console apps.

Windows Terminal Profiles on Windows 11

In addition to plenty of the methods to open Windows Terminal on Windows 11, you can add one more option. You'll be able to directly open Windows Terminal to the desired profile from context menu right in the current folder.

It will have the entries to directly open a command prompt, two versions of PowerShell, and WSL under the given folder location.

Add Windows Terminal Profiles to Context Menu in Windows 11

  1. Download the ZIP archive from this link.
  2. Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
  3. Double click on the Add Open in Windows Terminal cascading context menu.reg file to merge it.
  4. If you have Ubuntu on WSL installed and want to have it in the profile menu, double-click Add WSL to Windows Terminal cascading context menu.reg.
  5. Finally, if you have PowerShell 7, you can add its profile by double-clicking on the Add PS7 to Windows Terminal cascading context menu.reg file.
  6. To later remove these items from File Explorer, use the provided file Remove Windows Terminal cascading context menu.reg.

You are done. If you don't plan to remove the context menus, it is safe to remove the REG files you have downloaded.

Using Winaero Tweaker

Alternative to REG files, you can just enable one option in Winaero Tweaker, and instantly get the context menu working. Also, it will allow you to add the same options for running Windows Terminal as Administrator.

So, download Winaero Tweaker and install it. Under Context menu > Windows Terminal, turn on the options for context menu you want to have.

How it works

Windows Terminal includes a special "alias", wt.exe. The context menu is using that alias to run the commands with pre-selected profiles.

  • wt.exe -d folder\path to launch the Windows Terminal with the default profile in the current folder from File Explorer.
  • wt.exe -p "Command Prompt" -d folder\path - to open Windows Terminal using the default "Command Prompt" profile.
  • wt.exe -p "Windows PowerShell" -d folder\path - to open the default Windows PowerShell profile in Windows Terminal to the current folder location, etc.

If the context menu entries do not work for you, ensure that you have the Windows Terminal alias enabled. Open Windows Settings (Win + I), and go to apps > apps and features > app execution aliases.

Make sure that the Windows Terminal (wt.exe) option is enabled!

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Windows 11 Add Windows Terminal Profiles to Context Menu”

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