Windows Terminal Preview 1.6 is out with new settings UI

Today, Microsoft is releasing a new preview version of its Windows Terminal app, bringing the version number to 1.6. At the same time, it's releasing Windows Terminal 1.5.

The first preview update of 2021, Microsoft says that it's a big one, and it includes a new settings UI. It's still in alpha, so you won't see it by hitting the settings button. You need to add the following action to settings.json to map it to Ctrl+Shift+, :

{ "command": { "action": "openSettings", "target": "settingsUI" }, "keys": "ctrl+shift+," },

Microsoft also said that it's going to automatically back up your old settings. The reason, of course, is that since the new settings are in alpha, it's possible that everything can go wrong and your settings can get nuked. You'll be able to find a backup of your settings in the same location as settings.json, and you can get there by right-clicking settings.json in Visual Studio Code and choosing 'Reveal in File Explorer'.

Up next for the new Settings UI will be improving accessibility and keyboard navigation, adding actions and key bindings, and functionality to reorder profiles.

There are a few other things includes in today's preview release. You can now set startup actions in global settings, and there's a new progress indicator in tabs and the taskbar when an OSC 9;4 sequence is received. Also, HLSL pixel shaders are now available inside your profile.

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