Changing the Launch Mode of Windows Terminal in Windows 11

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The post provides instructions on how to modify the Windows Terminal launch mode in Windows 11. Windows Terminal, a modern host application for command-line shells, features a customizable launch mode setting. Users can set the application to open in a maximized window, full-screen, or a default mode at startup. The adjusted setting can be saved…

This post describes the steps to change the Windows Terminal launch mode in Windows 11.

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

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

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

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

Below is how to change the launch mode.

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

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

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 a maximized window.
  • Full screen = Launch the Terminal in a full-screen window.
  • Focus = Launch the Terminal in a normal window and hide the tabs and title bar.
  • Maximized focus = Launch terminal in a maximized window with focus mode enabled

Make your 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. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to share.

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