This post shows students and new users the steps to always open configure Windows Terminal to always open with Command Prompt tab. Windows Terminal is a console application that allows users to use different types of command shells, including Windows PowerShell, Command Prompt, and Azure Cloud Shell in one place.

For fans of the command line, Windows Terminal is an excellent and amazing application. However, by default, when Windows Terminal is opened, it opens with Windows PowerShell as the default tab. If you prefer to open Command Prompt instead of PowerShell, the steps below will show you how to do it when using Windows 11.

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If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts about it.

To start always opening Window Terminal with the Command Prompt tab, follow the steps below.

How To Always Open Command Prompt With Windows Terminal In Windows 11

To have Windows Terminal always open with the Command Prompt tab, open the Windows Terminal application.

To do that, right click on the Start Menu , then select Windows terminal from the list as shown below.

You can also use the Start menu, then find and select Windows Terminal from the corresponding results page.

When the Windows Terminal app opens, click the down-facing caret next to the (+) in the tab bar. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

In the Settings panel, under Default profile, change of Windows PowerShell for Symbol of the system. Then click the Save button in the lower right corner.

After saving, reopen Windows Terminal and the command prompt should now open as the default tab.

That should be enough!


In this tutorial we have seen how to configure Windows Terminal to always open the command prompt as its default shell. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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