This is how you start the Windows Terminal at startup in Windows 11

If you want to jump straight to the command line via PowerShell, the command prompt, or even a Linux shell, you can easily launch Windows Terminal at startup on Windows 11 (and Windows 10). That’s how it’s done.

First, if you’re running Windows 10 and haven’t installed Windows Terminal yet, it is available free of charge in the Microsoft store. Just click “Get” then “Install” on the Windows Terminal Store page and it will be installed in a matter of seconds.

Next, start the Windows Terminal. In Windows 10 or 11, search for “Terminal” in the Start menu and select the Windows Terminal app icon from the results. If you are using Windows 11, you can also right-click the Start button and select Windows Terminal from the menu that appears.

When Windows Terminal opens, click the down arrow next to the plus sign (“+”) in the tab bar. Select “Settings” in the menu that opens.

Click on the downward pointing caret symbol in the tab bar and select


On the Settings tab in the sidebar, choose Start. On the Startup Settings page, slide the switch next to Startup when I start my computer until it turns on.

In the Windows Terminal Settings, click

Thereafter, close the Settings tab. The next time you restart your PC and log in, Windows Terminal will start after a few moments with the standard command line of your choice. Have fun hacking!

How to always open the Windows Terminal with the command prompt under Windows 11

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