When you open Microsoft PowerShell in Windows Terminal on your computer, do you ever had the annoying feeling where you see your PowerShell session starts you off in a directory you do not want to start from? For me, at least, it would always start from
C:\Windows\System32, and it’s a bit jarring for me.
The most common solution I have seen is to configure the Microsoft PowerShell profile with a
# Replace "notepad" with any text editor you have installed. notepad $profile
And add this command to your profile:
# Replace the location path with your desired absolute or relative path. Set-Location "X:\my\path"
Here is a catch! After adding that command to your profile, all of your new PowerShell sessions in Windows Terminal will always redirect you to your
X:\my\path, including your File Explorer context menu action. If you right-click on a folder and click on Open in Terminal, you will still get redirected to
X:\my\path. How annoying is that?
notepad command with other text editors in your shell, such as Visual Studio Code (
code) or terminal text editors (
emacs) if you have them installed. For now, we use
notepad for the time being. Swap out
X:\my\path with the desired drive and directory path you want.
Recently, I have found a way to solve this conundrum, using the Windows Terminal.
If you have already added the
Set-Location command to your profile, you will want to delete it, since it is interfering with File Explorer’s ability to open Microsoft PowerShell to the current directory in Windows Terminal.
To start setting up, first you want to open up your Windows Terminal.
On the far right side of the toolbar menu, expand the dropdown, and open the Settings.
Down in the lower left corner, open the
settings.json file by clicking on the gears icon.
Here, you will see a bunch of settings. You want to do a quick search using
CTRL+F and find profiles.
profiles, you have 2 properties,
defaults, add or modify the property,
startingDirectory, and set the value to be
In any one of the Microsoft PowerShell JSON objects under
list, add or modify the property,
startingDirectory, and set the value to point to your desired
Now, whenever you right-click on a folder and open the folder in Windows Terminal, it will now correctly open your selected folder. And when you open a new tab to start a new Microsoft PowerShell session, you will now start in the directory,
That’s how I solved it. Thanks for reading.