How to set Windows Terminal default app for Command Prompt?

Windows 11 comes with a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application, Windows Terminal. You can easily open the Windows Terminal app by performing a right-click on free space on the desktop or right-clicking in File Explorer on a folder. Windows Terminal comes with a multiple tab feature means that in a single window, you can open Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). It allows you to open many tabs, and each tab will work independently.

Windows Terminal is certainly a great application for those Windows PC users who love to administrator their computer or laptop using commands. Command Prompt application is ancient, and a lot of Windows users still use it. On the other hand, Windows PowerShell is a lesser-known application, and a few Windows users prefer to use it. However, with the default configuration of Windows 11, when you open the Windows Terminal application, it provides the interface to use the PowerShell application.

On Windows 11 PC, it is possible to open a Command Prompt tab by clicking on the down-arrow button beside the plus (+) sign and selecting Command Prompt.

But, if you mostly use Command Prompt, then it is better to set it as a default app for Windows Terminal. That means, when you will open the Windows Terminal application, by default, Command Prompt tab will open instead of Windows PowerShell.

Luckily, built-in options are available to set Command Prompt as the default tab, which means there is no need to take the help of a registry hack or third-party application. It is quite easy, and we will guide you on this gearupwindows article.

How to set Windows Terminal default app for Command Prompt?

Step 1. Open the Windows Terminal application.

To do so, right-click on the blank space on the desktop and select the option Open in Windows Terminal.

Step 2. In Windows Terminal, click on the down arrow and select Settings.

Step 3. On the Settings tab, select Command Prompt from the drop-down menu of “Default profile.”

Step 4. Click the Save button.

Now, when you open Windows Terminal using any method, you will see Command Prompt tab. If you would like to open PowerShell on Windows Terminal, click on the down-arrow button and select Windows PowerShell.

That’s all.

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