WT.exe Windows Terminal (download from the Windows Store)

Windows Terminal with support for CMD, PowerShell, WSL and SSH.

      WT [options] [command ; ]

Commands and Parameters

Create a new tab:
   new-tab, nt 	   --profile, -p profile-name,
                      --startingDirectory, -d starting-directory,
                         commandline, --title TitleText
Split pane:
   split-pane, sp  -H, --horizontal, -V, --vertical,
                      --profile, -p profile-name,
                         --startingDirectory, -d starting-directory,
                            commandline, --title TitleText

Focus on a tab:
   focus-tab, ft   --target, -t tab-index

   If several tabs or panes are being opened, the commands above may be repeated,
   separate the options for each tab with ';' 

   --help, -h, -?, /? Display help.
   --maximized, -M    Launch the terminal maximized.
   --fullscreen, -F   Launch the terminal Full screen.

The first stable release of WIndows Terminal was v1.2.2381.0 / 2020-August-26

--profile, -p will always open a new window. Windows Terminal is not yet capable of opening new tabs or panes in an existing instance.

The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P will open a command palette listing available commands. Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab will navigate between tabs. This is enabled by default with "useTabSwitcher": true (global setting).

By default, PowerShell (unlike CMD), will always wait for Windows Store applications (like WT.exe) to close before returning to the prompt. To avoid this delay, use Start-Process to run WT.exe.

Windows Terminal uses the semicolon character ; as a delimiter for separating commands in the wt command line.
Unfortunately, PowerShell also uses ; as a command separator.
To work around this, you can run Start-Process WT and wrap all the wt parameters in single quotes (') so that everything is passed to wt unchanged.


Open a new terminal instance from cmd, use the default profile and specify the starting directory for the console, as H:

WT -d h:\

Open a new terminal instance from cmd, using your custom "cmd" profile settings:

WT -p cmd

Open a new terminal instance, using the profile named "Ubuntu-18.04" (Substitute "Ubuntu-18.04" with the name of any terminal profile that you have installed.)

WT -p "Ubuntu-18.04"

Open a new terminal instance with multiple tabs:

WT ; ;

Open a new terminal instance with multiple tabs: a Command Prompt profile and a PowerShell profile:

WT -p "Command Prompt" ; new-tab -p "Windows PowerShell"

Open a new terminal instance with one tab containing three panes running a Command Prompt profile, a PowerShell profile, and your default profile running a WSL command line:

WT -p "Command Prompt" ; split-pane -p "Windows PowerShell" ; split-pane -H wsl.exe

The new-tab and split-pane commands can be sequenced to get multiple tabs, each with split panes. To open a new terminal instance with two tabs, each with two panes running a Command Prompt and a WSL command line, with each tab in a different directory:

WT -p "Command Prompt" ; split-pane -V wsl.exe ; new-tab -d c:\ ; split-pane -H -d c:\ wsl.exe

From a PowerShell prompt, open Windows Terminal with CMD, PowerShell and WSL:

PS C:\> start WT 'new-tab "cmd" ; split-pane -p "Windows PowerShell" ; split-pane -H wsl.exe'

"If you want to go fast, go alone, If you want to go far, go together"~ African proverb


COLOR - Change colors of the CMD window.
ANSI colors - Use ANSI colors in the terminal.
CMD - Start a new CMD shell.
Introduction + Windows Terminal DevBlog - Microsoft.com
Github source.

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