Windows Terminal now supports colorful themes to spruce up your development environment


A screenshot of different themes and colors for Windows Terminal
Choose your fighter. | Picture: Microsoft

Microsoft is adding full theme support to its Windows Terminal this week. Customization support allows Windows Terminal users to change the appearance of Terminal interface tabs, window, and even background images. Microsoft also changed Windows Terminal to always use a dark theme, rather than following the Windows system theme.

However, creating themes for Windows Terminal is not a simple process unless you are a developer. Themes can only be changed using a JSON file, and they will appear in the theme drop-down list in the Windows Terminal settings section. Microsoft has provided sample JSON to help people get started, and you’re free to be as creative as you want with a combination of colors and background images.

Microsoft is also changing the default colors in Windows Terminal “for a more consistent look,” according to Microsoft program manager Kayla Cinnamon. Windows Terminal also has a new text renderer underneath, which supports bold text and underlined, overlined, or hyperlinked lines.

A screenshot of color schemes in Windows Terminal
Picture: Microsoft
The color combinations page has also been improved.

“We found that our color schemes page wasn’t the most intuitive and needed a design refresh,” Cinnamon admits. “We’ve updated the Settings UI Color Schemes page to improve its style and user flow.” You can also choose a color scheme and easily set it as default now.

Microsoft originally released Windows Terminal for Windows 10 in 2019, after a surprise announcement that delighted developers at Microsoft’s annual Build conference. It is now set as the default command line experience in Windows 11 this year, replacing the existing Windows Console Host.

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