How to Use Zsh (or Another Shell) in Windows 10

To use Zsh or another shell in Windows 10, you need to install a terminal emulator that supports multiple shells. One popular terminal emulator for Windows is “Windows Terminal,” which allows you to use different shells like PowerShell, Command Prompt, and Zsh. Here’s how to set up and use Zsh (or another shell) in Windows 10 using Windows Terminal:

1. Install Windows Terminal:

  • Open the Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Search for “Windows Terminal” and install it on your system.

2. Install Zsh:

  • Open Windows Terminal after installation.
  • Click on the down-arrow icon in the title bar to open the drop-down menu.
  • From the drop-down menu, select “Settings.”

3. Configure Default Shell:

  • In the settings, scroll down to the “Default profile” section.
  • Under “Default profile,” click on the drop-down menu and select “Zsh” (or any other shell you want to use).
  • Close the settings.

4. Open Zsh (or Other Shell):

  • In Windows Terminal, you’ll now see a list of available shells in the drop-down menu next to the “+” button.
  • Click on the drop-down menu and select “Zsh” (or the shell you set as the default).
  • Windows Terminal will open a new tab with Zsh (or the selected shell).

5. Customize Zsh (Optional):

  • You can customize your Zsh experience by installing Oh My Zsh or other Zsh plugins and themes. These add-ons can enhance the functionality and appearance of your shell.

Please note that to use Zsh, you need to have it installed on your Windows system. You can install Zsh by using package managers like “Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)” with a Linux distribution, or you can use tools like “Cygwin” or “Git for Windows,” which also include Zsh.

If you prefer to use a different shell, you can install and set it as the default in the same way as described above. Just make sure the shell is compatible with Windows and properly installed on your system.

Remember that using shells like Zsh on Windows might require some adjustments, and not all features available on Linux or macOS may work seamlessly in the Windows environment. However, Windows Terminal provides a great platform for managing different shells and enhancing your command-line experience on Windows 10.

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