How to Open and Use Windows Terminal App

Over the course of its development, the Windows Operating System has undergone substantial modifications to its bundled applications and also added a few new ones like the Snipping Tool and Terminal App.

We all are used to "CMD - Command Prompt" the command-line interpreter application for Windows. It was first introduced with the release of Windows NT in the year 1993.

In the year 2019 at Microsoft's Build developer conference Microsoft announced the Terminal app as an alternative to Windows Console and later replaced Windows Console (from Windows 11 22H2 and Windows Terminal 1.15 is the default console)

The Windows Terminal is a multi-tabbed terminal emulator for Windows 10 and later versions.

Windows Terminal vs Command Prompt

Windows TerminalCMD (Command Prompt)
User InterfaceModern and customizableBasic text-based
Multiple Tabs and PanesSupportedNot supported
Multiple ShellsSupports various shellsPrimarily Command Prompt
CustomizationHighly customizableLimited customization
Unicode and EmojisWide character supportMay have limitations
PerformanceBetter performanceBasic performance
Integration with WSL (Linux)Seamless integrationLimited or none
GPU AccelerationSupports GPU accelerationDoes not support
Release Date2019 (Windows 10)1985 (MS-DOS)
Associated OSWindows 10 and laterAll Major Windows Releases

Architecture supported by Terminal App is - x86, x64 and Arm64

How to Open Windows Terminal

  1. Make sure you are on Windows 10 or above.
  2. Open the Terminal App.
  3. You can add tabs and choose from PowerShell, CMD, Azure Cloud Shell, or Bash Shell.
How to Open Terminal App on Windows
Multiple Tabs on Windows Terminal - PowerShell - CMD - Bash

This is not an AI-generated article but is demonstrated by a human on a Windows PC running Windows 11 Enterprise.

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