Windows Terminal preview offers themes and colors galore

A new preview version of Windows Terminal will add more detail to your code. Version 1.16 (opens in a new tab) has new themes to customize your development tools.

The global theme property is the biggest change. You can create a set of themes just by editing JSON, but they will end up in the settings UI of the newest, “Thing”. Here are some JSON snippets that Kate Cinnamon, Windows Terminal Program Manager, gave in a blog post (opens in a new tab) announcing the feature: the program: The program.

“Thursday”: “Let’s get things moving. [ { “name”: “Grace Kelly”. “Baby”: the ‘pizzale’: the ‘bozzato’: the bolognese company. { The “replace” was “00515EFF”, a “short line” that was called “in a “background”. “showCloseButton”: “anyhow”, “over all?” “UnfocusedBackground”: null. }, “Tablet”: { “background”: “#061612FF”, in “Reporting”. “UnfocusedBackground”: “#061612FF” }, “Stayage”: { “application”: “dark” } } ]

There are new tabs, tabs and new windows. Microsoft has documentation called Configuring Themes here and enabling them in a new tab.

In addition to themes, there are new color lines in Terminal. This is not your system theme, but also dark mode.

A few other customization options float around, including the newTabPosition setting (which is available on the appearance page if you prefer point and click settings) to determine whether new tabs will open next to your currently selected tab or the end of your open tabs. The color picker tool in the settings app will now refresh the color UI, with better styling and the ability to set a theme to your new default.

Finally, there are some new issues detailed in the blog post (opens in new tab). In the new tab, the latest device from Terminal or Terminal Preview can be created or run with winget.

Since the announcement of the Windows Terminal in January 2019, the new tab is open. New updates come back in an instant (Version 1.15 is getting updates today).

Changes in the BDR engine and other modifications, but not only on the default version.

Microsoft will take the reliable rendering engine for experiments released in version 1.13 of Terminal and make it the new default engine. Cinnamon writes that it is “more powerful and now supports other pixel shaders (including retro effect), bold text, and underline/overline/hyperlink lines.” Despite this, the GPU requires support; so your machine (or a virtual machine you rely on remotely) the terminal will turn to a different renderer that the GPU doesn’t need.

There is a new action called expandSelectionToWord, which composes the text and surrounds the text that the selection is already part of.