50 Windows Terminal Shortcuts & Actions You Should Use

Explore the important shortcuts to speed up your work

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Key notes

  • Using Windows Terminal with shortcuts can make your work easier, and you will be more efficient.
  • Here in this guide, we will discuss some of the most useful shortcuts for Windows Terminal.
Windows Terminal Shortcuts

Windows Terminal is an open-source terminal app that lets you use command-line tools, including Command Prompt, PowerShell, and more. It has many useful features, and it gets easier to work on if you know a few shortcuts.

This guide contains a list of all the essential Windows Terminal shortcuts that you should know.

What are the most valuable shortcuts for Windows Terminal?

1. Opening Windows Terminal

Shortcut KeyActions
Windows + Number (profile index: 1-9)Call it from Taskbar if you have it pinned on Taskbar
W t + EnterType this on the File Explorer address bar to open Windows Terminal
W t - d . + EnterTo open the current directory on Terminal from File Explorer
Ctrl + Shift + NOpen a new Terminal window

2. Moving between tabs

Shortcut KeyActions
Ctrl + Shift + TOpen a new default tab
Ctrl + Shift + Number (profile index: 1-9)Open a new tab by pressing any number between 1 to 9
Ctrl + Alt+ Number (1-9)Switch between tabs (1-9)
Ctrl + TabGo to the Next tab
Ctrl + Shift + TabGo to the Previous tab
Ctrl + Shift + DOpen a new instance of a current tab
Ctrl + Shift + 9Switch to the last tab
Ctrl + Shift + WClose the existing tab

3. Customize the look of Terminal

Shortcut keyActions
Alt + Shift + -Splitting panes horizontally
Alt + Shift + =Splitting panes vertically
Ctrl + =Increase font size
Ctrl + -Decrease font size
Ctrl + 0Reset font size
Alt+ Shift + downResize the pane down
Alt+ Shift + leftResize pane left
Alt+ Shift + rightResize pane right
Alt+ Shift + upResize pane up

4. Change Focus

Shortcut keyActions
Alt + downMove focus down
Alt + leftMove focus left
Alt + rightMove focus right
Alt + upMove focus up
Ctrl + Alt + leftMove focus to the last used pane

5. Access Settings & advanced features

Shortcut keyActions
Ctrl+ Alt+ ,Open the default settings file (JSON)
Ctrl + ,Open Settings
Ctrl + Shift + ,Open Settings file (JSON)
CTRL + Shift + POpen a command palette
Alt + SpaceOpen system menu

6. Other useful shortcuts & actions

Shortcut keyActions
Alt + F4Close the window
Ctrl + Shift + FFind
Alt + Shift + D Duplicate pane
Ctrl + Shift + WClose pane
Ctrl + CCopy text
Ctrl + VPaste text
Ctrl+ Shift + downScroll down
Ctrl+ Shift + PgDnScroll down one page
Ctrl+ Shift + endScroll to the bottom of history
Ctrl+ Shift + homeScroll to the top of the history
Ctrl+ Shift + upScroll up
Ctrl+ Shift + PgUpScroll up one page
Ctrl+ Shift + ASelect all text
Win + `Show/Hide Quake window
Alt + Shift + -Split pane, split: down
Alt + Shift + +Split pane, split: right
F11Toggle on/off fullscreen
Ctrl + Shift + MToggle mark mode
Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtscnToggle on/off high visibility screen mode

That’s it! These are some useful Windows Terminal shortcuts that you can use to improve productivity.

If you want to know easy ways to open Terminal on Windows 11, we suggest you read this guide.

So go ahead and note them down, and let us know which ones you use the most in the comments section below.

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