I have a laptop running OS X 10.9.2 and 10.7.5.

On both I use Terminal extensively.

I have Terminal set up open with Homebrew settings on startup on both 10.7 and 10.9. The issue occurs when I close all open tabs and Terminal windows with + w, so that the app is still running but there are no windows visible.

The behaviour of Terminal on 10.7.5 is as I would expect. When I open a new window with +n the new terminal window opens with "Homebrew" settings.

The behaviour with 10.9.2 is not what I would expect (maybe I need to have it explained). Again if all windows are closed but Terminal is left active and I start a new window using +n the new window has "Basic" settings instead of "Homebrew". I have checked this behaviour and it is consistent on both a MBP and Mini I have running with Maverics.

Is this behaviour normal?

If so, is there a way to modify it, so that Maverics behaves like 10.7?


1 Answer 1


You probably just missed a setting. The "Default" button makes whatever you have selected in the Preferences menu the default.

Terminal prefs (Selected in red)

I do find it kind of annoying that you can't set Terminal to just open with the default settings, so you have to change it in two places. edit - turns out I'm completely wrong, it does change the Startup automatically if you change the default. I guess I had the same problem as OP :P

  • Not sure what you mean by the last sentence — what's the second place it has to be changed?
    – grg
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 16:55
  • @grgarside The startup settings.
    – 0942v8653
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 20:21
  • @0942v8653 These settings appear to be linked on my system — changing one changes the other.
    – grg
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 20:45
  • @grgarside Huh, never noticed that. I think that's new (at least it doesn't exist in Snow Leopard)
    – 0942v8653
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 20:48
  • For the sake of completeness, I'm running OS X 10.9.3. Maybe someone between these OSs could say whether this is true for their version?
    – grg
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 20:51

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