Open a terminal window

The easiest way to open a Terminal application is to find it in your menu:

Or, if you are using Ubuntu for example, in Dash;

The quickest way to open a Terminal application is to use a keyboard shortcut, a combination of a few keys that will launch a terminal. Those used to be predefined (Ubuntu had Ctrl+Shift+T), often no longer are, but you can create one. Creating one isn't quick, but afterwards, time and energy savings!

Debian Mate and Gnome

  • Find and open the Keyboard Shortcuts configuration window. In GNOME and MATE you can find it in System → Preferences → Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • Scroll down until you see Run A Terminal. It is located under the Desktop subsection.

  • Double click on Run A Terminal and then type the key combination (for example [Ctrl-T], press the actual Ctrl key and T key) that you would like to be the one that launches a terminal window.

  • Close the Keyboard Shortcut configuration window and test your new keyboard shortcut by clicking the key combination you just entered.

Fedora Gnome

  • In Fedora, you can use Settings → Keyboard
  • Click the + button all the way at the bottom.
  • First enter your chosen key combination, for example [Ctrl-Alt-T]

  • Enter Name: Terminal and Command: gnome-terminal

  • Click the add button. If it didn't already exist a section Custom Shortcuts is created, with Terminal in it.
  • Close the Custom Shortcuts configuration window and test your new keyboard shortcut by clicking the key combination you just entered.