I want to open a new Konsole tab with my keyboard. Is there a shortcut for that?

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Works for me (in Kubuntu):

System Settings -> Shortcuts and Gestures -> Custom Shortcuts -> right-click -> New -> Global Shortcut -> Command/URL -> type a name (i.e. "Terminal" or "Konsole") -> choose tab "Trigger" -> click on None -> press Ctrl+Shift+T -> choose tab "Action" -> enter "konsole" for Command/URL -> apply

By default this combination (Ctrl + Shift + T) works in Ubuntu, but not in Kubuntu.

  • for me it's not working. I've also tried another combination, not ctrl+shift+t but still no luck. Kubuntu 15 plasma 5.5 Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 17:05
  • is it possible to enter a command into the opened terminal with this setting? Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 7:54
  • 1
    Works by default on Kubuntu 20.04
    – ijuneja
    Commented May 31, 2021 at 4:42

In Plasma, the shorcut is disabled by default in example custom shorcuts:

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Here's how I assigned a shortcut to open the terminal (Konsole) demonstrated:

  1. Right-click on the Kickoff Application Launcher icon (in the left bottom corner of Desktop scene)
  2. Hit on Edit Applications...
  3. Expand System
  4. Hit on Konsole (Terminal)
  5. In right-side click on Advanced Tab
  6. In Current Shortcut Key set a new shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+T)

Try it.


Have to create a custom global shortcut from the system settings for the kubuntu.

  • 2
    don't work on Plasma on Kubuntu 16.04
    – kmonsoor
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 18:56
  • Have you checked the Keyboard Shortcuts in KDE System Settings?
    – LnxSlck
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 16:36
  • yes, i checked all the shortcuts that are mapped in KDe's keyboard-settings. nothing was there.
    – kmonsoor
    Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 17:48

While adding a keyboard shortkut in the settings is the solution to your answer, I suggest a better solution than opening a new konsole every time:

Install yakuake:

sudo apt install yakuake

It has a global keyboard shortcut that is conigured at first start and it keeps your session with multiple terminal windows open in the background all the time.

  • Here's how to avoid opening a new Konsole every time: once you've launched it, you can press Super+0/1/2/etc, depending on which number the Konsole tab is in the tab bar. Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 4:15

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