Set of Windows 10 command-line tools for a small but important upgrade

Microsoft has unveiled a series of changes to Windows Terminal, its command-line tool for Windows 10.

At the company’s Build 2021 conference, which is happening virtually this year, Microsoft previewed Windows Terminal version 1.9.

The main upgrade is a new feature called “Quake Mode”, which is supposed to “allow users to quickly open a new terminal window from anywhere in Windows” with a simple keyboard shortcut: Win + ‘. The window will appear in the upper half of the screen and can be closed with the same key combination.

With the new version installed, users will be able to get into a Terminal session much faster, without having to go through a desktop shortcut or a Start menu search.

Additionally, Microsoft has introduced a number of new UI options, which allow users to change terminal settings intuitively, as opposed to manually editing a JSON file.

A new preview window, meanwhile, will give users an idea of ​​how particular settings tweaks will change Terminal’s appearance before selections are confirmed.

Windows Terminal Earthquake Mode

Earthquake mode (Image credit: Microsoft)

While the Windows Terminal tweaks might seem minor at first, for developers and IT admins who spend a lot of time in console windows, small optimizations can save a lot of time overall.

The improvements also build on the changes implemented in Terminal versions 1.7 and 1.8, launched in March and April respectively. With these iterations, Microsoft introduced new terminal tabbing options, read-only panes, window naming, shortcut library and more.

The latest preview version of Windows Terminal arrives on the heels of a windows 10 package manager update, Winget, which offered users another way to uninstall unwanted software.

Popular among Linux users in particular, package managers are designed to automate the process of installing and configuring development software and tools. And with version 0.3 of Winget, which went live last month in early access, Microsoft added the ability to remove apps directly from the command line.

While uninstalling software through the Control Panel is still the smartest option for most Windows 10 users, the Winget update was probably a blessing for anyone who needed to uninstall apps in bulk.

Geraldine D. Luckett