To following article will provide the reader with multiple methods of accessing the terminal window on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa desktop.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to open terminal window using shortcuts
  • Other ways how to quickly open the terminal window
Shortcuts to access terminal on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Shortcuts to access terminal on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed Ubuntu 20.04 or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software N/A
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to access terminal on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa step by step instructions

  1. Perhaps the easiest way to open terminal window on Ubuntu 20.04 desktop is to use the shortcut CTRL+ALT+T. Entering this shortcut will instantly open the terminal window.


  2. Search for keyword term and then click to open new terminal session.
    Search for keyword terminal within the Activities menu and then click the relevant icon to open new terminal session.

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  4. Right Click anywhere on your desktop wallpaper and select open terminal
    Right Click anywhere on your desktop wallpaper and select Open Terminal.


  5. Using the ALT+F2 shortcut open a dialog window which allow you to run commands. Enter the gnome-terminal command and hit ENTER
    Using the ALT+F2 shortcut open a dialog window which allow you to run commands. Enter the gnome-terminal command and hit ENTER
  6. Alternatively, if your GUI desktop is frozen and the terminal won't open, you might try to open the TTY console. To do so enter the following shortcut CTRL+ALT+F3. To return back to your GUI Desktop enter ALT+F2 shortcut.
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