Windows Terminal preview updated with mouse input support, duplicate pane

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Email Twitter: @abacjourn Mar 17th, 2020 inNews

If you’re sporting the Windows Terminal preview app on Windows 10, you’re in for a new update. Microsoft today announced a version 0.10 release for the app, bringing along mouse input support and a new duplicate pane.

As usual, this update can be installed from the Microsoft Store, or via the GitHub release page. We’ll start first by talking about the new features, and mouse input. Thanks to this, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) applications as well as Windows applications that use the virtual terminal (VT) will now allow you to use the mouse.

“This means applications such as tmux and Midnight Commander will recognize when you click on items in the Terminal window!” explains Microsoft. Users can also hold down shift to make a selection instead of sending VT input.

Next up, there’s the Duplicate Pane. On this end, you’ll find that you can open a new pane with a duplicate profile of the pane that is in focus. There are some specifics key bindings that you can for this, and Microsoft explains them more in-depth in a Dev Blogs blog post.

There are also some bug fixes in this release. On this front, Microsoft has improved the text behavior when it reflows on resizing on the window. You’ll also find that borders when using the dark theme are no longer white. Finally, touchpad and touchscreen scrolling now move at a normal pace. Other fixes include Azure Cloud Shell now being able to run PowerShell, and the taskbar now appearing when you mouse over the bottom of the screen when the Terminal is maximized.

As for what’s ahead, Microsoft says that it is in the progress of fixing bugs to prepare for the release of v1. The company also detailed that you can expect Windows Terminal v1 in May. You can then expect to see the next update for v1 to be released in June.

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