How to customize the Terminal app’s appearance in Windows 11



This guide outlines customizing the Terminal app’s appearance in Windows 11, from choosing themes like dark or light mode to other personalization options. Windows Terminal supports various command-line shells and can be tailored regarding language, size, and default profile among other settings. Changing the theme can enhance usability, reduce eye strain, and help distinguish between…

This article explains how to change the Terminal app’s appearance, including enabling dark or light mode in Windows 11.

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

There are many customizations one can do with the Terminal app in Windows. You can change the languageadjust the launch sizeset the default profilechange the startup behavioropen the admin windowopen Terminal automatically at startupadd copy selection to the clipboard automaticallyautomatically hide the Terminal windowhide the Terminal app in the notification area when minimizedkeep the Terminal icon visible on the taskbarlaunch at the center of the screen, show or hide the scrollbar, and more.

You can change the Terminal app appearance to suit your environment. You can select various themes (dark or light themes) for the app. The Windows theme will use the same theme as Windows 11.

Changing the theme in the Terminal app in Windows can help improve your experience and make it more comfortable to use. For instance, you may prefer a darker theme if you work in a low-light environment or at night to minimize eye strain.

Additionally, changing the theme can help you differentiate between multiple Terminal windows or tabs you may have open, making navigating and working with them easier.

Ultimately, the Terminal app’s appearance is a personal preference, and customizing it can make your work more enjoyable and efficient.

Change the Terminal themes

As mentioned, you can change the theme in the Terminal app to suit your environment.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Windows Terminal app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and searching for Terminal. Then, under “Best match,” select and open the Windows Terminal app.

Open the Windows Terminal app
Open the Terminal app on Windows.

When the Terminal app opens, click the down arrow button on the top bar and select Settings (Ctrl +,).

Open the Windows Terminal Settings
Windows Terminal Settings button updated

On the Settings window, click on the Appearance tab on the left.

Terminal Appearance on left menu

On the right, select the “Application Theme” tile. Then, use the drop-down menu to select the theme you want to use.

  • Dark (the default)
  • Light
  • Use Windows theme
Terminal Appearance Application theme options

Click the Save button at the bottom to apply your changes.

That should do it!


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