Is there either a way to get Guake to work on Windows 10, or an alternative drop down "console host" that will host the new Win 10 Bash?

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ConEmu has a Quake-style console drop-down feature that is activated by Ctrl+~.

Quake-style option of ConEmu software

  • Will this work with Win 10 Bash?
    – ppittle
    Oct 6, 2016 at 23:25
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    Fully supports bash! Awesome!!
    – ppittle
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:44
  • @ppittle Unfortunately ConEmu doesn't nearly have "full support" for bash. The problem is that ConEmu is primarily built to host Windows console applications, whereas Bash on Windows is happiest in a POSIX shell like mintty or xterm. May 25, 2017 at 22:02
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    ConEmu version 170910 fully supports CMD, Powershell, git-bash, and win 10 bash (wsl) side by side. Brilliant! Oct 4, 2017 at 16:01
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    you should also check cmder which integrates conemu and clink adding up many other useful things as well. also installing coreutils on windows might be useful than installing bash.
    – user373230
    Oct 5, 2017 at 8:05

Better late then never, but looks like Windows Terminal 1.9 will support this: https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/windows-terminal-preview-1-9-release/

Quake mode

Windows Terminal now comes with quake mode! Quake mode allows you to quickly open a >new terminal instance from anywhere in Windows by typing Win+`. The quake window >will appear on the top half of your screen and can easily be dismissed with the >same keyboard shortcut. If you want to further customize how you can summon the >terminal, check out the new features we have added for global summon on our docs site.

  • There is a pre-release out, however WSL does not work with it.
    – Panki
    Jun 25, 2021 at 6:46
  • I have been able to use the Quake style summoning in Windows Terminal 1.9.1942.0, but it will only summon a CMD ("Command Prompt") session. Is there any way to make it summon a BASH shell?
    – Codex24
    Aug 9, 2021 at 20:55
  • unfortunately the tabs row is not displayed in Quake mode
    – milkovsky
    Oct 23, 2021 at 16:23
  • You can switch between the terminals in the Quake mode with ctrl + shift + tab, open new tabs with ctrl + shift + number, close tabs with ctrl + shift + w. It supports WSL, Powershell, CMD, and even modern Git Bash (you need to enable Git Bash integration during its installation).
    – t7e
    Feb 20, 2022 at 19:17
  • it opens, wunderfull, but when I press the key binding again it opens a new terinal instead of closing the one that is already open. Any ideas how to make this old feature usefull?
    – Andre
    Aug 23, 2023 at 5:44

I was wondering that myself and wrote a simple AutoHotkey script to emulate this behaviour. You can get it here: https://github.com/ehpc/quake-windows-bash.


I recommend Qonsole. It can show a drop down terminal just use Cmd.

Here is supported Features:

  • Custom hotkey
  • Slide up & down animation
  • Enable Ctrl+v Console pasting
  • Transparency options
  • Configurable with cmd & console2
  • Background screen dimmer
  • Internal Update check, (automatic, 5 min after start up)
  • Optionally Run Qonsole when Windows Starts
  • More..


  • Supersuer don't show the img cause my reputitions are under 10.
    – roachsinai
    Sep 11, 2018 at 6:48
  • Latest commit for this project was on Oct 24, 2017
    – user237209
    Mar 5, 2020 at 20:21

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