Windows Extras


Many years ago, in the days of Windows 95 Microsoft released some "PowerToys" that proved to be very useful to many, well it turns out, they are back for Windows 10! They are not the same as the world has changed a lot. See Announcing the first preview and code release of PowerToys - Windows Insider for the announcement and also GitHub - microsoft/PowerToys: Windows system utilities to maximize productivity for the download.

Windows on the Command Line

There is an excellent blog from Microsoft called Windows Command Line, which covers Windows Terminal, Windows Subsystem for Linux and WinGet the package manager. It is a good source for keeping up to date.


The official documentation for Windows Terminal is at Windows Terminal overview | Microsoft Docs. If you want more information on the project, or to see the source code, then visit GitHub - microsoft/terminal: The new Windows Terminal and the original Windows console host, all in the same place!.

The official documentation will direct you to the Microsoft Store, to install Windows Terminal, or you can do direct to Get Windows Terminal - Microsoft Store. If you can't use the Microsoft Store, for example you are running in Windows Sandbox, then you can install it via other means as outlined on GitHub. One alternative is to install it from the command line, with the following PowerShell command:
Add-AppXPackage .\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal*.msixbundle
This does assume you have already downloded the required file from Releases · microsoft/terminal.

There is an excellent community article at Windows Terminal: The Ultimate Guide. For an excellent series on the detail of how and why Windows Terminal works and does what it does then see Windows Command-Line: Backgrounder | Windows Command Line, or What's the difference between a console, a terminal, and a shell? - Scott Hanselman which is a little shorter, but very good.