Microsoft's Windows Terminal team has announced the first preview of its open-source terminal application since releasing version 1.0 for people who use Command Prompt and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
With the Windows Terminal preview 1.1 release, users can right-click on a folder in File Explorer and they'll find a new option to select 'Open in Windows Terminal'. This launches the application with the user's default profile in the directory it came from in File Explorer.
This feature will move to Windows Terminal in the first 1.x update in July 2020. After releasing Windows Terminal 1.0 in May at Build 2020, Microsoft said it will release monthly updates to Windows Terminal from July, while the Windows Terminal preview channel will have monthly updates, starting with this one.
Preview Windows Terminal users can now open a profile from a dropdown menu as a side-by-side pane in the current window. This can be opened by clicking a profile – such as Ubuntu, PowerShell, or Command Prompt – while holding the Alt key.
The latest updates to Windows Terminal tabs include a color picker. Users can pick new colors by right-clicking on a tab and selecting 'Color'. Handily, Microsoft has also added an option to rename tabs in the same context menu the color picker lives in.
Another handy tab control is the option to use compact tab sizing that shrinks inactive tabs to the width of the icon, giving more space to active tabs.