I downloaded Ubuntu 18.04 a few days ago from the Microsoft App Store.

I'm trying to carry out an exercise which requires me opening the Terminal.

I was instructed to use Ctrl+Alt+T, but this doesn't work at all. Every time I use it, it makes a weird error-like sound.

This is my first time trying to open the Terminal. How do I fix this?

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  • You can open it by searching for it and clicking like any other app. Why the keyboard shortcut isn't working I have no idea. – GabrielaGarcia Oct 18 '18 at 17:11
  • Let's see if GNOME Terminal works at all. Does Alt+F2 followed by gnome-terminal followed by Enter work? – Chai T. Rex Oct 18 '18 at 20:13
  • Hey, I tried the Alt + F2 followed by gnome-terminal then enter. It did not work. Every time I used Alt + F2, a Q came up. – Lisaxo Oct 23 '18 at 13:48
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    @Chai and Gabriela, turns out OP is using WSL – wjandrea Oct 23 '18 at 21:13
  • I simply setup a Windows Desktop Icon to click for the terminal. But for your needs this might be helpful: howtogeek.com/270810/… This is almost a Windows Shortcut key question though... – WinEunuuchs2Unix Oct 24 '18 at 0:40

By default that is the shortcut, but it might happen that someone have redefined the same.

For this, go to Settings→Devices→Keyboard and redefine or reset to default by clicking on (if previously redefined) beside it the shortcut.

Keyboard settings


The above works with Ubuntu OS. Since the OP is using WSL, there are two ways to launch Ubuntu Terminal:

  • Command Prompt: Command prompt can be launched from Start or can be run by using Win+R an typing cmd. In command prompt , you need to write ubuntu or ubuntu1604 or ubuntu1804 depending on the version you've downloaded.

  • Using Ubuntu App: You can define its shortcut using app settings and assign it shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T.

But that makes it a Windows question. For this read: How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

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