Windows Terminal Preview 1.17 is out now with Maca support and process restart.


The Windows Terminal became the default command-line tool in Windows 11 in October 2022, which means Microsoft is focusing more than ever on making it a suitable CLI for millions of users. The company regularly updates Windows Terminal with new features, while maintaining two release branches: Windows Terminal and Windows Terminal Preview. Now, it has released Windows Terminal Preview 1.17 and also updated the stable release to version 1.16.

Windows Terminal preview with Mica support and a logo superimposed

Windows Terminal Preview 1.17 includes support for dropdown customization to include folders, separators, and profiles. settings.json Additionally, another feature that some people may like is the ability to restart the process by pressing the file enter After it ends. Furthermore, launch position parameters can also be configured in the Startup section of the Settings UI.

On the aesthetic side, Windows 11 supports setting Maca as the background material. Use mica. to “true” the property settings.json File Likewise, the Color Schemes page has been updated again to make it more intuitive. You’ll even be able to preview a color scheme before choosing it.

Other items from The changelog is referenced below.:

  • Other color scheme improvements

    • You can now configure the color scheme (per profile) to be applied in the system light theme and system dark theme.
    • You can now configure the color scheme (per profile) to apply to the application theme.
  • Virtual Terminal (VT) and Output

    • Huge shout out to @j4james for his amazing contribution to the VT space. James worked tirelessly to improve support for VT features, including rewriting how text output is processed in the Windows Terminal. Here is a brief summary of the VT contributions that James made for this release:
    • Added support for DEC macro operations.
    • Added support for decarm (auto repeat mode).
    • Added support for IRM (insert replace mode)
    • Added support for private options in DSR queries.
    • Added support for Selective Erase Operations (DECSED).
    • Added support for DECRQM escape sequences
    • Added support for rectangular area operations (DEC*RA).
    • Merged inheritance and extension attributes.
    • Rewrote how we handled text embedded in a stream of VT, which closed 8 bugs!
    • Added support for line rendition attribute (DECDHL) on ConPTY.
    • Also added support for soft fonts over (DECDLD) ConPTY.
    • Wide characters will no longer cause strange cursor dropouts.
    • VT reports work again when DECARM is disabled.
    • Thanks again for all your help, James!
  • Latest usage information

    • wt now supports –pos and –size command line arguments to control the position and size of the new window (thanks @ianjoneill!).
    • When you duplicate a tab, the new tab will open next to the existing tab (thanks @vamsiikrishnaak!).
    • Now you can use exe and dll resources for icon paths.
  • Improved accessibility

    • We’ve removed a major cause of crashes from closing panes and tabs while screen reading is enabled.
    • Our internal management will no longer appear as an empty pane for screen readers.

    • Windows Terminal now supports the remaining FinalTerm symbol types (Command Input Start, Command Executed, and Command End).
    • You can now set the scrollbar to always display in $profile.scrollbarState .
    • The contents of the Terminal package are now code-signed, so those of you who deploy it without zip won’t run into any more trouble with your IT people.
  • Bug fixes

    • Export and Find context menu items work on non-focused tabs (thanks @ianjoneill!).
    • We’ve retooled how we launch Terminal Elevated when you use Elevate: True Profile (or Ctrl+Shift-click Profile in the dropdown menu.) (Thanks @jboelter!)
    • This About dialog (and other dialogs) will eventually block the entire window even if you resize it.
    • Now we try to calculate the transparent tab background while calculating the foreground color of the text.
    • You can now drag/drop more than 16 items directly from 7-Zip (and some other applications) (thanks @jiejasonliu!).
    • Misconfigured objects will no longer cause a “Request Error 0x%” settings warning.
    • “Use Acrylic in Tab Row” no longer requires a relaunch.
    • Split-pane borders no longer display in the wrong theme color.
    • In separate titlebar mode, Terminal will now default to a dark titlebar when you’re using the dark theme.
    • The “Add Appearance” button will now be read correctly by screen readers.

While we have the changelog for Windows Terminal Preview 1.17 above, you can also see the changelog for Windows Terminal 1.16 – which is now generally available – in our previous article here.

You can download Windows Terminal and Terminal Preview from the Microsoft Store. Here And Hererespectively, or Via the GitHub repository here.


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