Microsoft today announced the release of Windows Terminal Preview 1.5 with several new features. In this preview, Windows Terminal has added full hyperlink support, desktop wallpaper and much more. Windows Terminal 1.4 is now also out of preview and generally available.

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Audible bell

Windows Terminal now supports the BEL character. You can enable or disable the bell with the "bellStyle" profile setting.

"bellStyle": "audible",
"bellStyle": "none"

Profile icon emoji support

Have you ever wanted to set your profile icon to an emoji? With Windows Terminal Preview 1.5 you can now use emojis as profile icons throughout your terminal by setting your profile’s "icon" to an emoji.

Image terminal emoji icons

Note: The jump list does not support emojis as icons, so your profiles will be listed without the emojis.

Microsoft has improved the hyperlink functionality to automatically detect links inside your terminal. These links are clickable and will open in your default browser using Ctrl+Click.

Image terminal hyperlinks

Tab switcher order setting

The "useTabSwitcher" setting has received an upgrade! You can now specify "mru" or "inOrder", which will enable the tab switcher with the tabs listed either in most recently used order or in order of their layout in the terminal.

// Enables the tab switcher
"useTabSwitcher": "mru",
"useTabSwitcher": "inOrder"

// Disables the tab switcher
"useTabSwitcher": "disabled"

Desktop wallpaper background image

A new option has been added to the "backgroundImage" setting! You can set your background image to "desktopWallpaper", which will set your terminal background image to your desktop wallpaper.

Focus launch modes

New launch modes have been added to the "launchMode" setting. You can now specify the terminal to launch in focused mode or maximized focus mode. Focus mode hides the tabs and the title bar.

"launchMode": "focus",
"launchMode": "maximizedFocus"

Disable animations

Microsft added animations for when you create and close panes. If you would like to disable animations throughout the terminal application, you can use the "disableAnimations" global setting.

"disableAnimations": true

Note: If you have animations disabled at the OS level, you will not see animations inside your terminal unless you set "disableAnimations" to false.

Command palette improvements

Reconfigured > prefix

Microsoft switched the > prefix to action mode inside the command palette, thus matching VS Code’s command palette functionality. Backspacing will remove the > character and place you in command line mode, allowing you to run command line arguments.

Back button

When entering a nested menu from the command palette, you can now navigate back to the root menu without having to exit the command palette. Thanks

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Bold matching search terms

When searching for commands in the command palette, the results will bold the matching text to make it easier to find your desired command.

New actions

Open tab rename text box

You can now open the tab renaming text box using the "openTabRenamer" action.

Toggle pane zoom

You can use the "togglePaneZoom" action to expand a pane to fit the entire contents of the terminal window.

Bug fixes

  •  The terminal is much faster when launching, opening tabs, and closing tabs when you have a lot of profiles.
  •  Clicking links inside the terminal will no longer hang.
  •  The jump list will now display icons that use forward slashes in their file paths.
  •  Failure to write to your settings file will now display a warning.
  •  When using a screen reader, it is much faster when moving to the next word.

Full documentation for all settings can be found on Microsoft’s docs site.


You can download both versions from the Microsoft Store or from the GitHub releases page. Let’s dive into what’s new!

via Neowin