Tip! Check out my new post about making the terminal great again here

For years and years Windows users have had to work with disabled tools when trying to work in the command line interface. The old cmd had a bad interface, and even powershell until very recent, has also been a pain. One of the most annoying things has been the missing ability to adjust the window size to your needs, furthermore tab completion has either been missing or bad implemented. All in all, flexibility has not been a keyword for any of the old terminals, but this is all in the past, because now we have Windows terminal!

Easy to install from the Windows store or with command line package manager like chocolatey, and has a great deal of the features you know from various Linux terminals.

Windows terminal supports multiple terminals in tabs, split panes horizontal and vertical, custom background and a lot more. Check it out here: https://github.com/microsoft/terminal

If you are a Linux user and sometimes have to work from Windows, Windows terminal also work perfect with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). Install the terminal, install your favorite Linux, and you are good to go. Here are some small tips to make the experience even better:

  1. Make Linux the default shell by editing the json settings file. You find it by clicking the small “down-arrow” and select settings. Add the guid number of the Linux you want to start to the defaultprofile setting.
  2. Make the Linux shell start in the Linux home folder by adding this setting to the bottom of the paragraph of your Linux profile:
    “commandline”: “wsl.exe ~”

If you are interested in command line stuff, and working on Windows, this is a nice resource to follow: https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/

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