How to Customize Windows Terminal: Change Theme, Colors, Background Image, and More

First released in preview in 2019, Windows Terminal has since been updated with additional new features and functionality. We have published a detailed article on how to install and use Windows Terminal. And now we will show you how to customize your Windows Terminal. We will see who will change its theme, colors, font and even the background image to customize the app to your liking.

Customize Windows Terminal by Changing Its Theme

Windows Terminal can run Command Prompt, PowerShell and Bash commands in the same window. It’s also highly customizable, meaning you can change its background and foreground color, font, and more. Today we will see how you can easily customize the Windows Terminal on your PC using the ‘Settings’ option. You can download the app from the Microsoft Store (free) if you haven’t already.

note: Initially, you had to use a rather technical and lengthy process to change themes and color profiles in Windows Terminal. However, Microsoft has since introduced a GUI option that requires little technical knowledge to customize the application..

Use Dark Theme in Windows Terminal

  • To change the theme in Windows Terminal, you must first click the dropdown button in the title bar. Next, click on Settings. The Settings UI will open in a new tab.

  • On the Settings tab, click ‘Appearance‘ in the left sidebar and in the right pane select the Dark Theme option. You can also make other changes such as hiding tabs, hiding the title bar, and more. be sure to hitSave‘ at the bottom right after making the changes.

How to Customize Windows Terminal: Change Theme, Colors, Background Image, and More

Change Color Scheme and Font

  • You can choose your own color schemes using hexadecimal strings or a simple GUI in Windows Terminal. To do this, ‘color schemes‘ section is in the left pane of the Settings window. Here you can choose a built-in color scheme from the drop-down menu or create your own. For the second option, ‘add new‘ button.

How to Customize Windows Terminal: Change Theme, Colors, Background Image, and More

  • Click on the corresponding boxes in the ‘Color schemes’ settings window to choose your own background, foreground and cursor colors for your custom theme. Now make your selection via the GUI color picker or the hexadecimal field. As you can see, I created a color scheme that gives the PowerShell profile in my Windows Terminal the look of an old CRT monitor.
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How to Customize Windows Terminal: Change Theme, Colors, Background Image, and More

  • Select one of the ‘Profile’ in the left pane to change the font color and style. This is PowerShell UI or Command Prompt UI etc. means you have to choose whether you want to customize it or not. For this demo, we will modify the PowerShell UI.

How to Customize Windows Terminal: Change Theme, Colors, Background Image, and More

  • one time PowerShell settingsGo to ‘Appearance‘ tab. You can now change the text color in Windows Terminal using the first dropdown menu. You can also adjust the font face, font size, cursor style and more here. be sure to hitSave‘ after making the changes.

Customize Windows Terminal: Change Theme, Colors, Background Image

Change Background Image

  • To change the background image in Windows Terminal, scroll to the bottom of ‘.Appearance‘ tab. Here you can use your desktop wallpaper as your Terminal background or select any image file on your PC.

How to Customize Windows Terminal: Change Theme, Colors, Background Image, and More

  • My Windows Terminal looks like this with its background image:

How to Customize Windows Terminal: Change Theme, Colors, Background Image, and More

Easily Change Windows Terminal Theme on Your Computer

Now that you know how to change the theme in Windows Terminal, we suggest you go ahead and customize the UI to your heart’s content. Meanwhile, both Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell provide users with lots of customization options. So, if any of these is your command line tool of choice, check out how you can customize Command Prompt and PowerShell in Windows 10 by following our tutorials. For more power user options, see how to use God Mode on Windows 10 PC and how to use PowerToys.