How to Open the Terminal Automatically on Windows Startup



This article details configuring Windows Terminal to open on Windows 11 startup, saving frequent command-line users time. It walks through the steps to enable this option within the Terminal settings, ensuring custom configurations are applied at login, thus streamlining the process for users who regularly engage with command-line interfaces.

This article explains how to open the Windows Terminal app automatically when you log in to 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 language, adjust the launch size, set the default profile, change the startup behavior, open the admin window, and more.

Those who use the terminal regularly can configure it to launch automatically when they log in to Windows.

Configuring the Terminal app to launch automatically when you log in to Windows can save time for those who frequently use the command-line interface. It eliminates the need to manually open the Terminal app every time you start your computer, making the process more efficient.

Additionally, if you have customized your Terminal app with specific settings, having it launch automatically ensures that those settings are applied every time you log in to Windows.

Automatically launch the Terminal app on Windows

As mentioned, you can configure the Windows Terminal app to launch on Windows startup automatically.

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 Startup tab. Then, select the “Launch on machine startup” tile and toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Open the Windows Terminal launch automatically on windows startup

Click the Save button at the bottom to save your changes, then exit.

That should do it!


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