I recently installed Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and an important feature is missing: the option to switch between GUI and TTY.

From the GUI I can switch to one of 4 TTY, by Ctrl-Alt-F3 to Ctrl-Alt-F6. I can login in the tty, do whatever I wish. When I Press Alt-F1, I get to the login-screen, not back to running GUI session.

How can I customize 20.04 LTS in this way?

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    CTRL-ALT-F2 should take you back to GUI.
    – Soren A
    Commented Mar 1, 2022 at 9:14

1 Answer 1


Hit Alt+F2 to return to the graphical desktop. On TTY1, the GDM login manager is running, on TTY2 the desktop.

  • Why Alt+F2 instead of Ctrl+Alt+F2? Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 8:45
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    @ValerioBozz Use Ctrl+Alt+F2 if you prefer and don't mind the extra keypress. Within a virtual console, Alt+arrow also will let you move back and forth between consoles.
    – vanadium
    Commented Feb 23, 2023 at 9:25

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