How to Change the Default Shell in Windows Terminal App

If you make use of the Windows Terminal Application for executing scripts and commands on your Windows 10/11 PC, then you may have noticed that by default it opens up PowerShell. If you happen to use other shell such as Bash or Azure Shell, you may have to open a new tab.

If you wish to have a different shell to be opened instead of PowerShell, you can follow the below steps.

  1. Open Terminal app.
  2. Click on the ▼ arrow and select Settings.
  3. Now under Startup sidebar, click on the dropdown for "Default Profile" select your default shell.

    Default profile - Windows Terminal App
  4. Make sure to click the Save button.
  5. Close and Reopen Terminal, or open a new tab to see the change in effect.

As you can see my default shell has changed to Git Bash.

Default Shell Changed to Git Bash

This is not an AI-generated article but is demonstrated by a human on Windows 11 (version 22H2) PC.

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