Microsoft released Windows Terminal v0.3 with lots of improvements

Windows Terminal v0.3

Microsoft has recently published Windows Terminal Preview v0.3 (version 0.3) command-line interface in its store. Those who already installed the Terminal will receive the v0.3 update automatically. The application is still in beta; however, the update came with a long list of improvements and bug fixes, including the ability to drag title bar, custom tab titles, and more.

Windows Terminal is an open-source application that was introduced by Microsoft in May 2019 and released on June 2019. One of its main features is the ability to open multiple tabs with each support their shell. In it, you can run PowerShell, Command Prompt, and Linux Terminal such as Ubuntu, and switch in between them with only one tap. It likewise supports custom-made styles, designs, Unicode, and more.

Draggable Title Bar and Improved Dropdown Button Layout

In Windows Terminal v0.3 one essential feature is that it’s now draggable from anywhere on the title bar which was not possible earlier. There’s likewise a much better dropdown button layout, and it stays to the right of the last opened tab for quicker access. With a new look, the title bar and the dropdown button both are recolored.

Windows Terminal v0.3 Draggable title bar

There are new accessibility features, especially those which are added to Windows Console Black in Windows 10 version 1703. Features that allow tools like Narrator to interrogate, navigate, and read Windows Terminals UI controls.

New Settings

Added more configuration options to use to improve the Terminal’s capabilities and features.

Custom Tab Title

You can give custom title to the tabs by setting the “tabTitle”property in a profile. You can utilize the custom-made tab title feature to compare profiles.

Additional Background Options

You can now add background images to the Windows Terminal screen and can use the acrylic background. Even you can add animated GIFs as a background image.

Below are other few features:

New Selection and Key Bindings
When using your mouse to click and drag to select text within the Terminal, you are now able to drag your mouse outside the Terminal window to continue selecting text above/below. Additionally, you can now select sections of text by double or triple clicking. The delimiters for double clicking are set in your profiles.json using the “wordDelimiters” property. Triple clicking will select the whole line!

Key Bindings
OEM keys ({}_+-=|/?<>:”;’) are now available for mapping within key bindings! Additionally, you are now able to have key bindings for copying, copying text without newline characters, pasting, and duplicating a tab! These are set in the profiles.json settings file within the “keybindings” property and are made default as of this release.

👉 Note: If you have previously installed the Terminal before this release, these key bindings will only appear by default once you delete your profiles.json and allow it to regenerate. You can save your original profiles.json elsewhere and copy over your customizations or just add these key bindings manually. We are aware this is not an ideal experience and are working to improve this.

Azure Cloud Shell Connector
You can now connect to the Azure Cloud Shell within the Terminal! Azure Cloud Shell is a browser-based command-line experience hosted in the cloud that gives you access to your files and projects stored within Azure. With this connector, you can add the Azure Cloud Shell as a profile and directly connect to Azure files through the Windows Terminal on your desktop. For details on how to use this new feature, check out Pankaj Bhojwani’s post!

Updated About Section
The About section now includes links to documents you may find useful. These links route to pages on GitHub which provide information on how to get started customizing the Terminal, how to use the Terminal, and what features have been updated with each release.

If you haven’t installed Windows Terminal yet then you can install it from Microsoft Store.

Also read: Microsoft will be disabling VBScript on Internet Explorer 11

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