Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T opens a new terminal window on Linux. By default it opens 1 new terminal window.

Is there a way how to customize how many new tabs are going to be opened? E.g. by using this shortcut it will open 2 tabs by default.

What is the right keyboard shortcut to open a new tab in existing terminal ?

I want to have 2 tabs opened and switch between them with Ctrl+Page Up.

3 Answers 3


Looking in the menu I can see that the shortcut to open a new tab is CTRL+SHIFT+T


Once you have Terminal open you can use Shift+Ctrl+T, and that will open another tab. see image below. Once you do that you can use Ctrl+Page Up to switch.

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If you want to open gnome-terminal with more than one tab when you open it using Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut, go to System SettingsKeyboardShortcutsCustom Shortcuts and add a new Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut as follow:

custom shortcut

Select Reassign when you are asked:

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Now, to open a new tab in gnome-terminal, you can use Ctrl+Shift+T. To access/view/edit your terminal shortcuts go to EditKeyboard Shortcuts...:

terminal Keyboard Shortcuts

  • what kind of ubuntu are you using? I am using 12.10...trying to follow your steps, but stacked at select reasign.When I create a custom shortcut according to screen 1, it does not asks me for keyboard shortcuts ( e.g. CTRL+Alt+T), instead it is disabled..
    – user142973
    Oct 12, 2013 at 10:48
  • @maro Just click with your muouse where is written Ctrl+Alt+T (where you say that is written Disabled) in this image. Afer click it will say New accelerator... - now type your shortcut (this keys: Ctrl+Alt+T). Oct 12, 2013 at 10:57

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