Spruce Up Terminal

| Tips

Terminal is a very powerful application because it gives you direct access to the UNIX command line. It also looks kind of bland because it gives you direct access to the UNIX command line. The good news is that you can change that bland black-on-white look to something that suits you better, and it doesnit involve any command line magic.

To give Terminal a new look, do this:

  • Launch Terminal. Itis hiding in Applications/Utilities.
  • Choose Terminal > Preferences.
  • Click the Settings tab.
  • Terminal includes several themes you can choose from, or click the plus button at the bottom of the theme list to start making your own.


Terminal includes several color themes.

I changed the background, text and cursor colors to be less harsh on my eyes. The background, text and cursor settings are all under the Text tab, and the background color setting is under the Window tab.


Customized Terminal windows.

You can also apply different themes to Terminal windows by selecting a theme and then opening a new Terminal window. This is a great way to color code projects if you are running different tasks in a set of Terminal windows.

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