How to Change Windows Terminal Launch Mode in Windows 11

This post describes steps you can take to change Windows Terminal launch mode in Windows 11.

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells that includes Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)).

Unlike the previous shell apps in Windows, Windows Terminal comes with many features including multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, themes customization with text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.

By default, Windows Terminal will now open when certain command functions are executed in Windows 11.

Windows Terminal has a launch mode setting that will make the app open as maximized, full screen, or in a window. If you want Windows Terminal to always launch in specific mode, below is how to change that.

How to change Windows Terminal launch mode in Windows 11

As described above, Windows Terminal has a launch mode setting that will make the app open as maximized, full screen, or in a window.

Below is how to change the launch mode.

First, open Terminal by clicking on Start => and searching for Terminal and selecting the Terminal app.

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Once the app opens, click on the down arrow button on the top bar, and select Settings on the context menu or press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + , (comma).

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On the Settings pane, under Startup, change the Launch mode to one of the following:

  • Default = Launch the terminal in the default mode.
  • Maximized = Launch the terminal in maximized window.
  • Full screen = Launch the terminal in full screen window.
  • Focus = Launch the terminal in normal window and hide the tabs and title bar.
  • Maximized focus = Launch terminal in a maximized window with focus mode enabled
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Make you selection and save your changes.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the Windows Terminal launch mode in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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