When I first got my shiny new Windows 10 computer, I was delighted to find it came with a feature I’d long been using in Mac OS X. Windows added a new context menu to the right-click of all its default applications. Basically, clicking on the ‘right-click’ for any program gave me a menu of context-sensitive options to perform with the program, including shutting it down, opening a command window, or even taking a screen shot. I was so taken with this that I wrote a little script to automate the process, so it would always appear on the right-click of the application.

Instead of adding a new context menu item to the Windows 10 taskbar, I created a new folder called “Window Profiles” in the Personal folder. This has the effect of adding a new menu item to the right-click context menu. I have also created a new command in the Windows key context menu called “New Window” which creates a new window in the current workspace.

The Windows 10 version of Windows has been available for a while, and there’s been a lot of discussion about whether it’s a worthy upgrade or just a mediocre step backward. Among the major complaints about Windows 10 have been that the UI has been cluttered, and that it doesn’t include many useful features.

Windows Terminal Profiles may be added to the context menu in File Explorer in Windows 11. So that you may start it in the current folder with the appropriate profile without having to switch to it.

Windows Terminal is a new console program that is accessible in current Windows 10, and Windows 11 editions. It is now pre-installed, so you don’t have to manually download it. The Windows Terminal program combines the command prompt, different PowerShell versions, and WSL into a single application that may be used to execute them all at the same time. Each console session takes up a separate tab. Transparency, background graphics, and emoji in text are all supported, and the result is drawn using GPU acceleration. The Terminal program comes pre-installed in Windows 11 and acts as your primary entry point for console applications.

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Profiles for Windows Terminals in Windows 11

You may add one more option to the list of ways to access Windows Terminal on Windows 11 in addition to the ones listed above. From the context menu in the current folder, you’ll be able to launch Windows Terminal to the appropriate profile.

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Under the provided folder location, it will have entries to launch a command prompt, two versions of PowerShell, and WSL.

 

  1. This link will take you to a ZIP archive of the file.
  2. Its contents may be extracted to any folder. You may save the files to your Desktop immediately.
  3. To combine the Add Open in Windows Terminal cascading context menu.reg file, double-click on it.1628542153_954_Windows-11-Add-Windows-Terminal-Profiles-to-Context-Menu
  4. Double-click Add WSL to Windows Terminal cascading context menu.reg if you have Ubuntu on WSL installed and want it to appear in the profile menu.
  5. Finally, if you have PowerShell 7, double-click the Add PS7 to Windows Terminal cascading context menu.reg file to add its profile.
  6. Use the supplied file Remove Windows Terminal cascading context menu.reg to remove these items from File Explorer later.

You’ve completed your task. It is safe to delete the REG files you obtained if you do not want to remove the context menus.

Winaero Tweaker is a program that allows you to tweak the settings of your computer.

Instead of using REG files, you may just activate one option in Winaero Tweaker and the context menu will appear. You’ll also be able to add the same choices for running Windows Terminal as an administrator.

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So, download Winaero Tweaker and install it. Under Context menu > Windows Terminal, turn on the options for context menu you want to have.

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How does it work?

Wt.exe is a specific “alias” for Windows Terminal. That alias is used by the context menu to execute commands with pre-selected profiles.

  • wt.exe -d folderpath wt.exe -d folderpath wt.exe -d folderpath wt.exe -d folderpath wt.exe -d folderpath wt.exe -d folderpath
  • To start Windows Terminal using the default “Command Prompt” profile, use wt.exe -p “Command Prompt” -d folderpath.
  • wt.exe -p “Windows PowerShell” -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath -d folderpath

If the context menu entries do not work for you, ensure that you have the Windows Terminal alias enabled. Open Windows Settings (Win + I), and go to apps > apps and features > app execution aliases.

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Check that the Windows Terminal (wt.exe) option is turned on!

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