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Windows Terminal Preview 1.13 is out with cool new features

Microsoft has released Windows Terminal Preview 1.13, which finally brings significant changes and improvements to the modern console app. However, the minimum supported version of Windows 10 for Windows Terminal 1.13+ has been increased from 18362 (19H1) to 19041 (20H1).

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Here are the changes.

What's new in Windows Terminal 1.3

New Settings UI

The app has got a new appearance of its Settings, made of Windows 11 style. This has become possible thanks to WinUI 2.6.

Windows Terminal Win11 Sui

Auto-elevate profiles

Now you can create a profile that runs as Administrator. A new profile option, elevate, must be set to true for the specific profile. That profile will always open to a new window running elevated. You can also hold Ctrl and click a profile in your dropdown to open it as Administrator.

Windows Terminal Elevate

Additionally, we added the elevate argument to the new-tab and split-pane actions, allowing you to launch a new profile as elevated using an action. Here are some examples you can use to enable this feature:

// Profile setting
"elevate": true

// New tab action
{ "command": { "action": "newTab", "elevate": true }, "keys": "ctrl+shift+1" }

// Split pane action
{ "command": { "action": "splitPane", "split": "auto", "elevate": true }, "keys": "alt+shift+e" }

A new rendering engine, "Atlas"

Windows Terminal 1.3 is the first version of the app that includes a new rendering engine called "Atlas". It has huge performance improvements for the color text output. When printing out some text text with a large number of colors will draw at the display refresh rate regardless of screen resolution.

Windows Terminal Atlas

The new "Atlas" engine is still a work-in-progress, to you may expect bugs or even missing features.

Customizable bell sound

A new config file setting, bellSound, can be set to the full path to a sound file that will represent the bell sound in Windows Terminal. The option can also be set to an array of file paths. When set to an array of paths, it will pick a random file from the array to play the bell sound.

Other changes

  • New action restoreLastClosed allows restoring recently closed tabs or panes. It will restore exactly the tab/pane, and won't restore its command history or the running apps.
  • New action exportBuffer action lets you export the text within the buffer into a text file.
  • New action adjustOpacity action allows you to change the opacity of the terminal window at runtime.
  • The terminal now supports snap layouts in Windows 11.
  • The system context menu now has an item to open settings.
  • The terminal background image path is now visible in the app's settings.

Download Windows Terminal

You can grab the latest version of Windows Terminal from GitHub:

https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/releases

Also, you can install Windows Terminal and Windows Terminal Preview from the Microsoft Store.

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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.

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