From everything I've read, I SHOULD have an option under preferences to open new terminals in Tabs, and ctrl-alt-t should open a new tab, not a new terminal - but I'm missing that option :(

When I check my gnome-terminal version, it's coming up as 3.28.2, and I thought tabs were introduced back around version 3.10(ish).

Any suggestions? Can I reinstall my terminal or something? I learned (eons ago) on a large Unix system back in college, but it's been a lot of years on windows, and I'm just finally coming back, so I'm rusty at all of the things right now :P

  • Not familiar with gnome specifically but have you considered using screen instead, which is a console-based way to use tabs. linuxize.com/post/how-to-use-linux-screen – scuba_mike Jan 11 at 14:13
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    Have you tried Ctrl+Shift+T? – DK Bose Jan 11 at 14:22
  • Yup, ctrl-shift-t just opens a new terminal window :( – Jamie M Jan 15 at 2:51

To add a new tab while in the terminal, click on File and select "New Tab".

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To open a new tab in your current terminal window select File -> New Tab or press Shift + Ctrl + T

In order to be able to select File -> New Tab in your current terminal window make sure that the Show menubar by default in new terminals option is enabled in the terminal preferences in Edit (in menubar) or Terminal ▼ (in Panel) -> Preferences -> General -> check the checkbox to the left of Show menubar by default in new terminals.

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I gave up and reinstalled the Ubuntu from scratch, and the terminal (including tabs) behaves the way I'd expect. Technology, eh?

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