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I have a terminal open and want to launch another one. I hit the Windows key, type 'terminal' and hit Enter...and I'm warped to my first terminal.

I can hit Control+Enter to launch a new terminal. This is unnatural to me. Can I change the key bindings so that Enter will launch a new instance and Control+Enter will warp to the existing one?

Edit: I'm interested in all applications, not just a terminal.

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did you figure it out ? –  Vihaan Verma Jul 29 '13 at 14:59
    
Vihaan, I installed MATE. –  dhasenan Jul 30 '13 at 16:35
    
I ll stick to the control + enter :) –  Vihaan Verma Jul 30 '13 at 17:12
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  • Goto System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Under Desktop category, choose Run a Terminal

  • Now press the key you want to set as shortcut (I pressed Ctrl +T)
  • Click close
  • Now Ctrl + T is the Ubuntu Terminal Shortcut

Keep posting if this was not what you wanted...

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Okay, that works for one application. What about the 147 others? –  dhasenan Apr 26 '12 at 13:58
    
@dhasenan But you mentioned just abt terminal and not the rest 147 i guess ? –  bebojoor Apr 26 '12 at 17:43
    
Uhm... Ctrl+T is standard tab key, don't you use tabs? –  srcspider Mar 26 '13 at 7:54
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Your pinned programs are 1, 2, 3, ... etc

WinKEY + Shift + 1 opens a new instance of your first program.

Holding down WinKEY + Shift should show you the program index over them; just in case you're confused which number to press.

For opening any program you will need a keystroke launcher. I only use one on windows (Launchy) and don't have need for one on ubuntu; so you'll have to google it. :)

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you can open new instance by pressing CNTRL + ENTER

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