How to turn on or off the “Automatically hide window” option using the Terminal app



This article provides a guide on how to toggle the “Automatically hide window” feature in the Windows Terminal app. It details steps to access the Settings and adjust the visibility of the Terminal to either auto-hide when switching apps or remain visible on the desktop, depending on the user’s workflow and preferences.

This article explains enabling or disabling the “Automatically hide window” option with the Terminal app.

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 startup, add copy selection to the clipboard automatically, and more.

The Terminal app also has a feature that automatically hides the window when you switch to a different app’s window.

Enabling or disabling the “Automatically hide window” option with the Terminal app can be useful depending on your preferences and how you use the app.

If you frequently switch between different apps and windows, automatically hiding the Terminal window can help keep your desktop less cluttered. On the other hand, if you prefer to have the Terminal window always visible, you may want to disable this option.

It ultimately comes down to personal preference and how you use the Terminal app.

Automatically hide the Terminal window

As mentioned, users can choose to hide the Terminal window automatically as soon as they switch to another window.

Here’s how to do it.

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. Then, select the “Automatically hide window” tile and toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it.

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

Automatically hide Terminal window

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

That should do it!


This post showed you how to turn on or off a feature that automatically hides the Terminal app window when you switch to a different window. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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