I have a terminal open and want to launch another one. I hit the Windows key, type 'terminal' and hit Enter...and I'm warped to my first terminal.

I can hit Control+Enter to launch a new terminal. This is unnatural to me. Can I change the key bindings so that Enter will launch a new instance and Control+Enter will warp to the existing one?

Edit: I'm interested in all applications, not just a terminal.

  • did you figure it out ? Jul 29, 2013 at 14:59
  • Vihaan, I installed MATE.
    – dhasenan
    Jul 30, 2013 at 16:35
  • I ll stick to the control + enter :) Jul 30, 2013 at 17:12

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Also answered here: How to open new window instead of already open window in gnome

You can configure this globally with a tweak extension.

You can press super , write tweak , open tweak tools.

Then go to "extensions" and enable "launch new instance"


Click HERE to see an example


you can open new instance by pressing CNTRL + ENTER

  • Technically not an answer, but useful. As it is only a few programs where I want a new instance most of the time - basically term - I can relearn this and stop fighting the goon^^^gnome squad
    – KarlP
    Nov 1, 2016 at 22:46
  • Goto System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Under Desktop category, choose Run a Terminal

  • Now press the key you want to set as shortcut (I pressed Ctrl +T)
  • Click close
  • Now Ctrl + T is the Ubuntu Terminal Shortcut

Keep posting if this was not what you wanted...

  • Okay, that works for one application. What about the 147 others?
    – dhasenan
    Apr 26, 2012 at 13:58
  • @dhasenan But you mentioned just abt terminal and not the rest 147 i guess ?
    – bebojoor
    Apr 26, 2012 at 17:43
  • Uhm... Ctrl+T is standard tab key, don't you use tabs?
    – srcspider
    Mar 26, 2013 at 7:54

Your pinned programs are 1, 2, 3, ... etc

WinKEY + Shift + 1 opens a new instance of your first program.

Holding down WinKEY + Shift should show you the program index over them; just in case you're confused which number to press.

For opening any program you will need a keystroke launcher. I only use one on windows (Launchy) and don't have need for one on ubuntu; so you'll have to google it. :)

  • This is exactly what I need but it doesn't work for me.
    – Lyuboslav
    Apr 14, 2020 at 14:12

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