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Enable Transparent Background in Windows Terminal (3 Ways)


By default, the Windows Terminal has a black background. One of the numerous customization options provided by Windows is the ability to adjust the transparency of the Windows Terminal so you can change the opacity of the Windows Terminal and make it less/more transparent based on your needs.

It seems that you’re a developer who utilizes the Windows Terminal often and need to enhance its aesthetics by adjusting its transparency settings.

transparent windows terminal with and without blur in dark background
Transparent Windows Terminal (Dark Background)
transparent windows terminal with and without blur in light background
Transparent Windows Terminal (Light Background)

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to disable or enable transparent background in Windows Terminal:


Step 1: Open the Windows Terminal from the Start menu.

Step 2: Click the drop-down menu from the top bar and click the “Settings” button or press the “Ctrl + ,” key combination on the keyboard.

click the "+" icon in windows terminal and click the settings option
“+” Icon > Settings

Step 3: Select the “Defaults” tab under the “Profiles” section on the left sidebar and click the “Appearance” tab on the top bar.

select the defaults tab from left sidebar under profiles section and click the appearance tab on the right pane
“Defaults” Tab > “Appearance” Tab

Step 4: Change the Windows Terminal Transparency by dragging the slider to the left and click the “Save” button to make changes take effect.

drag the slider to the left to adjust windows terminal opacity and click save button to make changes take effect
Adjust Terminal Transparency

Note: To enable blur effect in Windows Terminal, enable Windows Transparency using Windows Settings and toggle on the “Enable Acrylic” button and click the “Save” button.

enable the acrylic button to turn on the blur effect in windows terminal
Enable Acrylic to Add Blur Effect in Windows Terminal

Step: Press and Hold the “Ctrl + Shift” key combination on the keyboard and scroll down the mouse wheel to decrease the Windows Terminal opacity and scroll the mouse wheel up to increase it.


NOTE: It is better to follow this method if you’ve some programming experience (not mandatory but recommended), otherwise you might end up misconfiguring the settings.

Step 1: Open the Windows Terminal from the Start menu.

Step 2: Click the drop-down menu from the top bar and select the “Settings” option.

click the "+" icon in windows terminal and click the settings option
“+” Icon > Settings

Step 3: Click the “Open JSON file” button on the bottom left side of the window. The JSON configuration settings for Windows Terminal is actually located in the following path:
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState named Settings (JSON format).

click the "open json file" button from the left sidebar in windows terminal
“Open JSON File” Button

Step 4: Depending on the default app settings on your PC, the JSON File will open in the default JSON application viewer which can be Notepad, or any other code editors such as Visual Studio Code Editor, or Sublime Text Editor.

Step 5: To change the Windows Terminal Transparency, change the JSON key/property’s value named “Opacity” within range from 1 to 100. For example. setting the value to 50 will reduce the terminal opacity to 50%.

change the windows terminal opacity using json settings
Change Windows Terminal Transparency without Blur Effect

NOTE: To enable the blur effect in Windows Terminal, enable the Windows Transparency via Windows Settings and change the JSON valued named “useAcrylic” from “false” to “true” and reduce the “Opacity” value.

change the windows terminal opacity with blur effect using json settings
Change Windows Terminal Transparency with Blur Effect

NOTE: If any of the JSON settings are misconfigured, a message stating the reason for error will appear. To hide this warning temporarily, click the “OK” button. To hide this warning permanently, all you’ve to do is to find the error and fix it. However, at this instance, the Windows Terminal Settings will be switched to default temporarily, so that the terminal remain usable but with limited features.

warning message shown in windows terminal after changing json values
Syntax Error Warning Message in Windows Terminal

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NOTE: It’s mandatory to follow the steps listed below if you need to enable the blur effect / acrylic effect in Windows Terminal.

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for Windows Settings or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step 2: Select the “Personalization” tab from the left sidebar and click the “Colors” button on the right pane.

click the color option in the personalization tab in windows settings
Personalization Tab > “Color” button

Step 3: Toggle on the “Transparency Effects” button.

enable transparency effects in windows using windows settings
Toggle On the Transparency Effects

1. Enable the Windows Transparency Effects: The Acrylic design component in the Microsoft Fluent UI doesn’t work unless the transparency settings in Windows are not enabled. To enable the transparency effects, you can follow the method listed above.

2. Disable the Power Saving Mode: When the power saving mode is enabled, the system minimizes/limits the system’s resource consumption to save battery. So, there is a possibility why the Windows terminal is not appearing transparent on your version of Windows.

Suggested Article: Change Power Scheme (Modes) in Windows 11.


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to make enable transparent background on windows terminal. You can use any one of the methods listed above.

This feature can be helpful if you want to enhance the aesthetics of the interface and customize the Windows Terminal depending on your preference.

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