How to Set Default Profile with Windows Terminal in Windows 11

This post describes steps you can take to set your default profile with Windows Terminal in Windows 11.

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells that includes Command Prompt, Windows 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.

Your default profile in Windows Terminal is the default terminal shell you get when you type ctrl+shift+t, type the key binding assigned to newTab, running wt new-tab without specifying a profile, or clicking the ‘+‘ icon.

These are the default profiles you can choose from:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Command Prompt
  • Azure Cloud Shell

By design, Windows PowerShell is the default shell if you do not specify a shell when you launch Windows Terminal.

Below is how to set or change your default profile in Windows Terminal.

How to change default profile with Windows Terminal in Windows 11

As described above, if you do not specify a shell when you launch Windows Terminal, Windows PowerShell will be selected by default.

There are three profile options you can choose from:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Command Prompt
  • Azure Cloud Shell

Below is how to change that.

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 Default profile option to one of the following:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Command Prompt
  • Azure Cloud Shell
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Make you selection and save your changes.

You can also manually switch profiles in Windows Terminal simply by using the down arrow caret on the menu bar.

From there, you can choose Windows PowerShell, Command Prompt or Azure Cloud Shell.

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That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to set the default profile with Windows Terminal in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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