How to Set up Windows Terminal to Open Command Prompt by Default

Microsoft has introduced Windows Terminal with Windows 11. Windows Terminal is a common command-line interface that allows you to use PowerShell, Command Prompt, and Azure Shell in one place. It launches PowerShell by default but you can also set up Windows Terminal to open Command Prompt by default.

Windows PowerShell is a quite powerful tool in Windows but some users still prefer to use Command prompt. Simply because they have been using it for a long time and are used to it. And since Microsoft allows you to change Windows Terminal settings, you can set it up to launch CMD by default. So, whenever you launch Windows Terminal, it will automatically open Command Prompt.

SEE ALSO: A to Z List of Windows Command Prompt commands.

Setup Windows Terminal to Launch Command Prompt (CMD) by default

The process to change the default console of Windows Terminal is quite easy. You can easily do it from Windows Terminal settings. Simply follow these steps to change default terminal behavior in Windows 11.

Step 1: Launch Windows Terminal

First of all, launch Windows Terminal on your Windows 11 PC. To do that, simply right-click on Start and select Windows Terminal.

Right Click On Start And Select Windows Terminal
Right-click on Start and select Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal will open with the default PowerShell interface. We will now set up Windows Terminal to open Command Prompt by default.

Windows Terminal Opens With Powershell In Windows 11
Windows Terminal opens with PowerShell in Windows 11

SEE ALSO: How to Hide Files and Folders in Mac using Terminal?

Step 2: Open Windows Terminal Settings

Now, click on the down arrow button next to the [+] button and select Settings to open Windows Terminal Settings in Windows 11.

Open Windows Terminal Settings In Windows 11
Open Windows Terminal Settings in Windows 11

Here, you can change Windows Terminal settings including default terminal behavior.

Windows Terminal Settings In Windows 11
Windows Terminal Settings in Windows 11

SEE ALSO: How to Uninstall Programs using Command Prompt?


Step 3: Change Startup Settings to open Command Prompt

In Windows Terminal Settings, select the Startup tab from the left. After that, click the Default Profile drop-down and select Command Prompt to change the default behavior.

Set up Windows Terminal to open Command Prompt by default
Go to Startup tab and select Command Prompt as Default Profile

Finally, click on the Save button at the bottom to save the settings.

Click Save To Save Windows Terminal Settings
Click Save to save Windows Terminal Settings

SEE ALSO: How to Start Windows 11 in Safe Mode?

Change Windows Terminal Startup Behavior to Open CMD by Default

So, that was how you can change default terminal behavior in Windows 11 to open Command Prompt by default. However, we recommend you to learn PowerShell tricks as they are more effective and advanced. Well, after you have set up Windows Terminal to open CMD, you can enjoy your CMD tricks. You can also view saved Wifi passwords using CMD commands.

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