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I was given the advice to open a terminal & type in some commands to try & repair my computer but don't know what a terminal is.Can someone explain please?

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marked as duplicate by user68186, karel, Jorge Castro, Avinash Raj, Rmano Apr 9 '14 at 14:34

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go through Using The Terminal – souravc Apr 9 '14 at 9:30
What's wrong with the word "and"? – Rmano Apr 9 '14 at 14:36
It's long winded & has unnecessary letters :-) – user266597 Apr 10 '14 at 7:10

Press Ctrl+Alt+T, which is the keyboard shortcut for most(all?) Ubuntu versions.

Alternately, you can go to Dash and search for "Terminal".

Pressing Alt+F2 and typing gnome-terminal will also open one.

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FWIW it's not the shortcut for Kubuntu. – Sparhawk Apr 9 '14 at 10:55
I managed to open the terminal & type the advice I have been given in another question but then it asks for my password but won't let me type it! – user266597 Apr 9 '14 at 11:00
it is security reason. Just type your password and press Enter – Pavel Janicek Apr 9 '14 at 11:04
How does it "won't let you type it!"? Normally, the there is nothing shown while you type the password. Not even dots or so. That makes it much harder to guess parts of your password when looking. When dots are shown, anybody could see if you have a short password, and know it's easy to hack, for example. – Volker Siegel Apr 9 '14 at 11:54
@user266597 Check tgm4883 ' s answer in this question.… . sudo doesn't display your password, which doesn't mean it is not recording it. just type it and press enter. FYI I think you can use backspace if you make a mistake. – udiboy1209 Apr 9 '14 at 12:59

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