Windows Terminal can now automatically start profiles as Administrator

Microsoft today released a new version of Windows Terminal that comes with a long-awaited feature that allows launching profiles that automatically run as administrator.

To automatically launch elevated profiles, you have two options: configure the app to automatically open a specific profile in an admin terminal window, or open it as an administrator by opening it ctrl +Click on the profile in the drop down menu.

“Added a new profile setting called Elevate that allows you to automatically start a profile with elevated privileges (as an administrator),” Windows Terminal Program Manager Kayla Cinnamon explained.

“If set to true and you are using a non-elevated window, opening this profile will open an elevated window containing this profile. Otherwise if set to falseThis profile will be opened in the current window regardless of the height.”

The new version, Windows Terminal Preview 1.13, also adds an updated Settings UI and a new experimental rendering engine with performance improvements (although currently potentially unstable and missing some features).

While the improvements are barely noticeable in day-to-day use, they become apparent when working with text containing a large number of colors.

“We look forward to improving this renderer over time and will hopefully replace the existing one by default once it reaches feature parity,” Cinnamon added.

Elevated Windows Terminal profile
Elevated profile settings for Windows Terminal (Microsoft)

Windows Terminal Preview 1.13 also adds a customizable ringtone option, new actions, various improvements like snap layouts in Windows 11, and various bug fixes.

Starting with version 13, the minimum supported Windows 10 version for the Windows Terminal app will also change to Windows 10 20H1 (Build 19041).

Microsoft unveiled Windows Terminal at the Build developer conference in May 2019 and officially launched it two months later in July.

Unlike the standard Terminal app, Windows Terminal supports multiple console tabs in a single window. For each tab, you can choose between the cmd shell, PowerShell, and Linux distro shells that install through the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

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