After last reboot my gnome-terminal shortcut key stopped working, it is set under settings to be Ctrl + Alt + T, but even when I change to something else like Super + T it doesn't work even though Super + T could open the web browser.

Last things I did was install docky and hide the Dash to Dock via dconf (still available when I click Activities in top left). Also wanted to the following https://samtinkers.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/fix-blurry-terminal-icon-in-plankdocky/ but it seems like the gnome-terminal.desktop is not present in /usr/share/applications.

Also tried Reset All.. button in the Keyboard Shortcut settings. Any help would be very much appreciated :)

  • Not sure if this is relevant, but clicking the terminal shortcut key makes the scrollbar focus blink in firefox
    – Ronny
    Aug 14, 2020 at 14:50

2 Answers 2


A workaround was to add a new keyboard shortcut to the gnome-terminal. The Launch Terminal shortcut is still not working


I had a similar problem. Check if x-terminal-emulator opens a terminal.

If not you can try the following:

Check whether /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator exists:
ls /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator

a) Doesn't exis; create the link:
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator /etc/alternatives/x-terminal-emulator

b) Check the selected terminal app by running:
sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator

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