I want to create a keyboard shortcut "CTRL + ALT + T" for Windows Terminal from the command line. I'm assuming there's some built-in Powershell command for accessing packages installed through Windows Store where I can simply change settings, like "shortcuts".
NOTE: This isn't the same as right-clicking an application and choosing "shortcuts". In order to do this with Windows 10 Store apps, you have to go to the shortcuts folder, right-click the app, and add the shortcut there.
I have had to do this on many Windows 10 installations and I just want a quicker way to accomplish this.

  • For what its worth, I have WT pinned to my Taskbar as the first item and I use [Win]+1 or [Shift]+[Win]+1 to launch WT.
    – st0le
    Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 23:40

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By "Terminal", I assume you mean the CMD prompt, but this applies to any Windows application.

  1. Right-click the Desktop, and select New > Shortcut.

  2. In the location of the item, type or paste the following, or the location of any application:


  3. Accept the default name or type another.

  4. Click Finish.

  5. Right-click the new shortcut and select Properties.

  6. Set the Shortcut key by pressing the corresponding key combination, e.g, CtrlAltT

Shortcut to CMD

  1. Click OK.

This shortcut can be copied to other PC's, but may need to be re-registered. Windows now restricts the folders from which a keyboard shortcut works. You can put the shortcut (.lnk) file on the Desktop or in either of the following folders:

  C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

To re-register the keyboard shortcut, after moving the shortcut, right-click, change the shortcut key to another, Apply, change it back to CtrlAltT, and Apply, again.


This is more specific to Windows Terminal, not just cmd.exe.

Open Windows Terminal:

  1. Settings -> Actions
  2. Set a keyboard shortcut for "Show/Hide The Terminal Window" (I use ctrl+f12)
  3. Done.

You can also set it to minimize tray, so that its not in your taskbar unless its focused. I personally then use PowerToys (Keyboard Manager) to set the F11 key universally to forward to Crtl+F12, for one click opening and minimizing.

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