The following guide will provide you with some hints and shortcuts on how to open a terminal on Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04 Linux Unity desktop.

Terminal Shortcut

Probably one of the easiest and fastest ways on how to open a terminal on Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04 Linux is by using a keyboard shortcut:
CTRL+ALT+T

Desktop Right-Click Shortcut

The second easiest way is to open your command line terminal by right clicking the desktop screen and selecting "Open Terminal" from the presented drop down menu:
 Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04 open terminal right-click desktop click

Using Unity dash menu

Probably, the most obvious way on how to open a terminal on Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04 Unity desktop is to navigate to Unity dash and search for terminal:
 Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04 open terminal unity dash search
Once you have located terminal icon simply hit enter key or select it by mouse left-click.

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Run a command

It is also possible to open a terminal window by directly invoking a gnome-terminal directly. In order to do so, first, enter a keyboard combination:
ALT+F2
Next, search for gnome-terminal. Once the gnome-terminal icon is selected press ENTER key or select it by using left-click mouse button. If you wish to start your terminal as a root user enter the gksu gnome-terminal command.
 Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04 open terminal unity run command

Open TTY terminal

The universal, but at the same time least preferred way of opening a terminal is by invoking TTY console. The advantage of opening TTY console is that it always works even of your GUI desktop hangs or gets stuck from some unforeseen reason. To get into a TTY terminal enter the following key combination:
CTRL+ALT+F1
To return enter:
CTRL+F7
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