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I'm a very new user to Linux. I ditched Windows entirely and installed the first Ubuntu I found online (which turned out to be natty). However, I've used Windows my whole life and I don't understand much computer code. I keep hearing about a "terminal" but I can't figure out how to run it.

Can someone help me understand a little bit more how to get the terminal up and enter code into it?

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! There anre many ways to open it, Ctrl Alt T being the fastest. If you just need to run a single command, you can press alt + F2 and run it that way. – William Feb 1 '12 at 0:37

There is also the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T

  • I always change that to a one key combination. Just press it and TERMINAL! It's because I use it like 20 times a day. – Luis Alvarado Feb 1 '12 at 0:31

To access the Gnome Terminal you can press the Dash button which is the "Super" button or the button with the Windows Logo on it. Then type terminal, similar to the image below:

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Also as a shortcut you can press CTRLALTT and the terminal window will also appear.


Open the Dash (like the Start in Windows) or simply hit the Super key, Windows key on the keyboard and type:


... and the terminal application will be displayed. Click on it and that's it.

That's the short version of how to open the terminal. There's a lot more to understand Linux then being able to open the terminal and type in commands.

  • And when it's running right-click on the icon on the launcher and pin it to the launcher, so it's more convenient for you next time. – Marius Gedminas Feb 1 '12 at 0:24
  • Or you can drag the icon from the dash to the launcher. – Marius Gedminas Feb 1 '12 at 0:24

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