I got into console login page by CTRL+ALT+F1 and I don't want to reset the PC.

ESC or ALT+F4 or CTRL+C weren't enough to get back to the desktop environment. How could I get back to the desktop environment?


  • You were in a [pseudo] terminal; something I love about *nix (unix, posix, or gnu/linux). Unix was created in the early 70s when text terminals were king, and Ubuntu GNU/Linux contains the old heritage. You'll discover you can hit ctrl+alt+f2 for term 2, +f3 for term 3 etc. The number of [pseudo] terminals can be altered, but usually +f7 gets you to GUI (as per answer, though in certain circumstances its +F8, and +F1 for some configs) but its configurable. If you GUI is slow, switching to a terminal can let you explore why without further stressing the gui by opening a gui-term. – guiverc Feb 20 '18 at 0:43

Press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to return to the Desktop.

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  • Hmm I mistakenly clicked twice and now has a black screen... What can be done? – user9303970 Feb 20 '18 at 0:08
  • ESC than CTRL+ALT+F7 again helped. Thanks. – user9303970 Feb 20 '18 at 0:09
  • You're welcome. It fooled me too my first time in Ubuntu many moons ago. As you are new I should point out clicking the check mark next to the answer lets others know it works. Of course you can always post a better answer or wait for one and then accept that too. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Feb 20 '18 at 0:11
  • In the past, occasionally the desktop would appear on TTY8 (Ctrl+Alt+F8) instead. – thomasrutter Feb 20 '18 at 1:00

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