How to reset Windows Terminal settings to default in Windows 11/10

In this post, we will show you how to reset Windows Terminal customization settings to default in Windows 11/10. There is an easy way to do that. You can use Notepad and then reset Windows Terminal to the factory settings.

There are a lot of Settings in Windows Terminal that you can customize such as select default profile, set launch mode (maximized, focus, etc.), color schemes for terminal colors and system colors, and more. If you’re experiencing some unexpected problems after changing the settings or you’re not happy with the customizations, then resetting Windows Terminal settings to default might be helpful.

Read: Install Windows Terminal on Windows 10.

Reset Windows Terminal settings to default

Here are the steps:

  1. Open Windows Terminal
  2. Access Settings page
  3. Open Settings file of Windows Terminal
  4. Delete all content of Settings file
  5. Save the Settings file
  6. Re-launch Windows Terminal.

Use the Search box of Windows, type windows terminal, and press Enter to open the Windows Terminal tool.

After that, open the Settings page of Windows Terminal. For this, click on the drop-down icon (available just before the new tab icon) and select the Settings option. Alternatively, you can use Ctrl+, hotkey.

open Settings

Now you have to open the Settings file (JSON) of Windows Terminal. For that, click on the Open JSON file option available on the bottom-left part of the Settings page.

use Open JSON file option

If it prompts you how you want to open that file, select Notepad from the available options, and press OK.

Now you will see the list of all the settings of Windows Terminal present in that JSON file. Select all the content using Ctrl+A hotkey and delete it. Before doing that, you can also copy all the settings and paste them somewhere so that you can restore all those settings if needed.

delete settings content

Use the File menu of Notepad and click on the Save option.

Close Windows Terminal and open it again. Windows Terminal tool will notice that the JSON settings file is empty and thus it will add default values again in the Settings file.

Hope it is helpful to reset Windows Terminal settings to default.

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