The Windows Terminal has several hotkeys or keyboard shortcuts. Here is a list of Windows Terminal keyboard shortcuts that are useful to know.
Windows Terminal is an application that many users, especially those who spend a lot of time using command line tools, inquire about. The application is open source, easy to use, configurable, has the best features, and is being actively developed by Microsoft to add more features.
Like all modern applications, Windows Terminal is completely mouse-enabled. This means that you can easily move tabs around, open new tabs, select text, copy, paste, and more.
As good as the mouse support is, Windows Terminal is far superior with keyboard shortcuts. After all, it is a pain in the backside to constantly take your hands off the keyboard to operate the mouse. Fortunately, Windows Terminal has keyboard shortcuts for almost all basic tasks, such as opening a new wrapper, moving between wrappers, and so on.
In this short, easy-to-follow guide, we will show you the most useful Windows Terminal keyboard shortcuts that every user should know. These keyboard shortcuts make working at the command line easier.
Windows Terminal Keyboard Shortcuts
Below are the Windows Terminal keyboard shortcuts you need to know. Use these keyboard shortcuts to open a new profile or tab in the Windows Terminal. Each number represents a specific profile in the terminal. The profile numbers appear in descending order in the “Select Profile” drop-down menu in the title bar. For example, if the PowerShell profile is in the second position, you must press “Ctrl + Shift + 2” to open it.
Ctrl + Alt + number : Switch to a specific tab. Switching between tabs is done with this key combination. Tabs are numbered from left to right, starting with “1”. For example, to switch to the third tab, press “Ctrl + Alt + 3”.
Ctrl + Shift + Space : Displays a drop-down menu for profile selection.
Ctrl + Shift + T : Opens a new tab with the default profile.
Ctrl + Shift + N : Opens a new instance of Windows Terminal.
Ctrl + Shift + D : This key combination allows you to duplicate or open another instance of the current tab. However, the contents of the original tab will not be copied.
Ctrl + C : Copies the selected text. Select text in the terminal and press the hotkey to copy it to the clipboard. Once copied, the content can be pasted anywhere you like.
Ctrl + V ：Pastes the clipboard content. Pressing this key combination pastes the clipboard contents into the terminal. Note that only compatible content such as text will be inserted.
Ctrl + Shift + W : Closes the current tab (not the entire application).
Alt + F4 : Closes the Windows Terminal window. If you have multiple tabs, a warning may appear. In that case, click “Close All”.
Ctrl + Shift + F : Activates the “Search” function. It can be used to find instances of text or sentences in the terminal section.
Ctrl + Numpad Add/Minus : Enlarges or reduces the text size in the Windows Terminal tab.
Ctrl + 0 : Reset font or text size to default (100%).
Ctrl + Shift + Up/Down arrow : Scrolls Windows Terminal tab up or down.
Ctrl + Shift + PageUp/PageDown :
Alt + Shift + Minus/Plus : Splits the current panel horizontally or vertically.
Ctrl + Shift + , : This keyboard shortcut opens the Settings tab in Windows Terminal.
F11 : Switch to full screen.
That’s all. These are the basic keyboard shortcuts for Windows terminal that every user should know.
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See also: how to change the default font on a Windows terminal
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