Windows Terminal Gets Support for Multiple Panes

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Dev, Windows, Windows 10 with 2 Comments

Microsoft has been making some serious updates to Windows Terminal lately. And today, the company is releasing another new update to introduce some new features.

Windows Terminal now has support for multiple panes with the latest updates. That means you can now split your Terminal window into multiple panes and have different terminals running side-by-side.

For now, the feature is a little limited. You can only open a new pane with your default profile, that means if you wanted to have CMD and Ubuntu running side-by-side with PowerShell, that won’t be possible just yet. Microsoft plans to introduce this feature with a future update. But for now, the feature is pretty decent considering you can have as many terminals as you want running side-by-side, and there are shortcuts that let you switch between the terminals quickly and resize each pane as you like.

The latest update also comes with the ability to re-order tabs. The new feature allows you to move the different tabs in your window around, much like a browser. This feature also needs a little work as the UI is a bit clunky for now. After all, Windows Terminal is still in preview.

You can find out more about the Windows Terminal update here.

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2 responses to “Windows Terminal Gets Support for Multiple Panes”

  1. hrlngrv

    If there are no scroll bars and window edges are at most 1 pixel thicker than pane edges, what's the advantage of panes over multiple windows? Can 4 panes be tiled into a 2x2 grid of panes? Are there actually Terminal users who've asked for this?

    Going a bit far afield, if it made sense for Office to scrap its former MDI (2010 to 2013 transition, most complaints for doing so from Excel and Access users), why does it make sense for Terminal to add effectively MDI functionality? Actually, as a complaining Excel user, I turn that around to ask that if this makes sense for Terminal, why can't Excel at least return to an MDI?

    • clhodappp

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      At my software development job, I see people using multiple panes in terminals all the time. I dunno if people actually asked Microsoft for this, but a survey of the competition would certainly have revealed this to be a notable gap in Windows Terminal's feature set.