Windows Terminal Preview 1.17 adds Process Restart, Profile Menu editing, and Mica support

Wt Profile Menu Result

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows Terminal 1.17 in Preview. The app has got several new customization options. Now you can customize the profile drop-down menu and add there your own folders and even submenu. Additionally, it is now easy to restart a process that finished its work in a Terminal tab. Terminal Preview 1.17 supports Mica for its window, so it looks more stylish and consistent. The new features are mostly available via the JSON config file. You currently need to edit it manually to enable Mica or customize the drop-down menu. However, there are also some changes in the user interface. For example, the theme editor has got a refined look of the color boxes. There are also a settings to provide launch options.

You will find all releases of the app on GitHub. The app is also available on Microsoft Store: Preview | Stable.

Here are the key changes.

What's new in Windows Terminal Preview 1.17

Windows Terminal now supports dropdown menu customization. You can now add folders, separators, and profiles to access them with a couple of clicks. Also, you can re-arrange existing items. For now, this can be done in your settings.json file of a new format.  The example of the config file and its result is below.

Process Restart

When a process exited or terminated in a Terminal tab, you can now press Ctrl+D to close the tab, or Enter to relaunch it. Terminal will try to retain its working directory if it is able to detect it.

Mica Support

Windows Terminal now supports using Mica as a background material on Windows 11.

Mica is an opaque, dynamic material that incorporates the theme and desktop wallpaper to create a highly personalized appearance. Mica is also designed for performance as it only captures the background wallpaper once to create its visualizations.

To apply it, set useMica to true in the settings.json file under theme setting. See the following example:

Here's how Terminal looks without Mica.

The following screenshot is with Mica enabled.

Other changes

  • You can now configure all of the launch position parameters in the Startup section of the Settings UI.
  • There is a new Color settings page.
    • Current stable variant.
    • The new page.
    • There is a live preview area for custom themes.
  • You can now configure a color scheme (per profile) to apply in System Light theme and System Dark theme
  • You can now configure a color scheme (per profile) to apply in Application theme
  • wt now supports the --pos and --size commandline arguments to control the position and size of the new window
  • When you duplicate a tab, the new tab will open next to the current tab
  • You can now use exe and dll resources for icon paths.

And more. You can learn about fixed bugs, accessibility improvements, and active contributors in the official announcement.

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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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