Windows Python Developers Had Better Setup Earlier (I): Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal: A Necessary Tool

I will use a few posts to talk about this topic “What Windows Python Developers Had Better Setup Earlier”.  This post series includes the following topics:

If you are interested in this series, please follow me. This is the first part of the story series, which talk about the Windows Terminal, including installation, Setup, as well 6 basic but regularly used features.

1. Terminals

There is a handy terminal on Linux and macOS. There are similar things, like ‘Command Prompt’ and ‘PowerShell’ on Windows, but it works not so conveniently as the Linux and macOS Terminals. However, the release of Windows Terminal has changed the situation. Windows Terminal is “a new, modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL”.

Windows 11 has already preinstalled the ‘Windows Terminal’. Click start menu or the search icon beside the start menu, type ‘Windows Terminal’. Then right-click Windows Terminal and select ‘Pin to taskbar’. In this way, Windows Terminal is pined on taskbar. This is very handy for you to use when you need to start it in the future.

Fig. 1: Set up Windows Terminal on Windows 11

Whereas, we have to install it on Windows 10. Let’s see how to install it on Windows 10 since most people are still working with Windows 10.

2. Install Windows Terminal on Windows 10

It is very straightforward to install Windows Terminal from Microsoft store.

Step 1: Open Microsoft store from your computer, and it usually on the Taskbar. If it is not, just click the search icon beside the start menu and type “store” or “Microsoft store” to open it.


Fig. 2: Open Microsoft Store

Step 2: Then type “Windows Terminal” or just “terminal” and search it.

Step 3: Click and open the Windows Terminal installation app


Fig. 3: Search Windows Terminal App in Microsoft Store

Step 4: Click “Get it” and the Windows Terminal will be downloaded and installed on your system.


Fig. 4: Download and install Windows Terminal

When you see the screenshot as follows, it means that the terminal was installed. Then just close it.


Fig. 5: Windows Termianl was installed

3. Set up the Windows Terminal

Step 5: Change the default profile of the terminal

Start up the terminal, click the drop-down button beside ‘+’ and choose the profile you want to use in a new tab.


Fig. 6: Choose the profile to use in a new tab of the Windows Terminal

The default profile of the terminal is “Windows PowerShell”. If you like “Command Prompt”, you can change the default to it. Click the setting in the above screenshot (Fig. 6) to open the setting, and then select startup on the left panel, and choose “Command Prompt” on the right, followed by click “save”.


Fig. 7: Change the default profile of the Windows Terminal

There are many other settings, like appearance. Here I would like to accept all the defaults.

Step 6: Pin it on the taskbar as we discussed for Windows 11 at the beginning.

If you like a video tutorial to watch the installation process in details, just click the following one and click to subscribe for more tips..

4. Main Handy Features for Python Developers

Windows Terminal has many awesome features, which are introduced on its online documentation. In this section, I will focus on 6 basic but regularly used features of the Windows Terminal.

(1) Check Python Version or Installed Package Version

If you were a very beginner, you were not sure how to install Python. Please go ahead to watch the following video and click to subscribe for more tips.

If you have already installed Python and Windows Terminal, open the terminal, type the following command to check the version of Python installed on your system.

python --version

To check the pip version installed on your system, type:

pip --version


Fig. 8: Check Python and pip versions through the Windows Terminal

To check the version of an installed package, Pandas for example, it need start python first, followed by importing the package. Run the following code snippet line by line in the Terminal.

import pandas as pd


Fig. 9: Check the version of installed Pandas

(2) Install Python Packages

Another handy function of Windows Terminal is used to install Python packages. For example, let’s install “pandas”. We just type the following command in the terminal.

pip install pandas


Fig. 10: Installation of Pandas through the Windows Terminal

(3) List the Installed Packages

To check which Python package(s) installed in your computer, just run the following code in the terminal.

pip list

If you use Anaconda Python, you can use “conda list” as well.


Fig. 11: List the installed Python packages in the Windows Terminal

(4) Run Python Code Interactively

To run Python code interactively, type the code line by line as follows, for example.

print('Hello, Windows Terminal.')


Fig. 12: Run Python Code in the Windows Terminal

(5) Check current working directory

The first line is to start Python first, and the second line is to import os module. The third line is to check the current working directory (cwd)

import os


Fig. 13: Check current working directory in the Windows Terminal

(6) Run Python file

Let’s run a Python file called ‘’ in Document in Drive C in my computer for instance. Open the terminal and type:

python C:\Users\Administrator.SC-202007221415\Documents\


Fig. 14: Run Python file from the Windows Terminal


This article illustrates how to install and setup the Windows Terminal. Besides, we also talk about 5 basic and regularly used features of the Windows Terminal, such as check Python version or the version of an installed package, install Python packages, check which package(s) installed, run Python code in interactive mode, check current working directory, and Run Python file. In addition, the Windows Terminal has many more other awesome functions. I would like to share them in the future articles.

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