How to Change/Set VS Code default Terminal in Windows?

Afzal Zubair
2 min readAug 21, 2020


Tired of windows cmd or PowerShell in VS Code? Want to use Git bash or any other favorite terminal?

Don’t worry, here is the way you can get your favorite terminal in VS Code.

There are a few ways to do it, I am doing to show you the simplest two.

Way # 1: You can do this by going through this 10s video

Way # 2: If you are more of a keyboard guy.

Here is the list for you to follow:

  1. Open VS Code.

2. Press “Ctrl + Shift + P” or press “F1”, an interactive dropdown will show up in.

3. Write “Shell” in this dropdown

4. Click on“Terminal: Select Default Shell”. You will see a list of installed terminals in your system. Select any you want. In my case, I’m going with Git Bash.


You are good to go.