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I accidentally press Ctrl + Alt + F4 while I was doing normal tasks in my Ubuntu 12.10. The key combination took me to Console UI. From the console, I logged in and did startx but the output GUI didn't show up with Dash, Launcher or anything (Just background wallpaper). How I can restore my original GUI with all my working applications opened?

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The Ctrl+Alt+F1 to Ctrl+Alt+F7 keys toggle between TTYs. Those are basically different consoles you can use to log in. In case there is a desktop running, it's normally on tty7, so just press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to go back to your desktop.

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Didn't know the default tty was tty7. – TheKojuEffect Jan 28 '13 at 9:24

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