How to Open Windows Terminal Quake Mode in Windows 10

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Starting with Windows Terminal v1.9.1445.0, Windows Terminal now comes with quake mode. Quake mode allows you to quickly open a new terminal instance from anywhere in Windows by typing Win + `. The quake window will appear on the top half of your screen and can easily be dismissed with the same keyboard shortcut.

You cannot bind quake mode to a keyboard shortcut that is already bound in the OS. This includes PowerToys users who have Win+` bound for the FancyZones layout editor. The PowerToys team recently changed their default keyboard shortcut to Win+Shift+` to help avoid this conflict.

This tutorial will show you how to open Windows Terminal quake mode in Windows 10.

Quake mode is currently only available in the Windows Terminal Preview version 1.9.1445.0 and higher.

EXAMPLE: Windows Terminal quake mode
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Here's How:

1 Press the Win + ` (grave accent, backtick, backquote symbol) keys to toggle open and close the quake window.

(lower symbol on tilde key)
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That's it,
Shawn Brink