I can open as many terminal tabs I want using Ctrl++Shift+T.

But for some reason, I'm not able to switch the tabs using Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDown. So what is the shortcut-key to switch in between tabs?

Also, what do I do to close any particular tabs using the shortcut keys?

3 Answers 3


You can switch the tabs using Ctrl+PgDn to next tabs and Ctrl+PgUp for the previous tabs.

Reordering can be done using Ctrl+Shift+PgDn and Ctrl+Shift+PgUp.

Also Alt+1 to Alt + 0 can be used to switch tabs starting from 1 to 10. Where Alt+1 is for 1st tab in terminal, Alt+2 is for 2nd tab ... Alt+0 is for 10th tab.

If more than 10 tabs are opened then you've to switch using the shortcut mentioned above. i,e Ctrl+PgDn and Ctrl+PgUp

To close any selected tabs use Ctrl+Shift+W

  • I'll check and let you know whether it's working or not. Currently I'm not able to check it. Thanks for your quick answer. Nov 16, 2013 at 10:22
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    Ctrl + Shift + PgUp/PgDn actually switching my tabs numbering. i,e 1st tab becomes 2nd and, 2nd becomes 1st. But others are working perfectly.. Thanks.. :D Nov 16, 2013 at 14:06

gnome-terminal shortcuts can also be customized, which is very easy and useful, if you use different applications that ought to have set the same shortcut(s) [applies only to the current active application] for the same/similar function(s).

Example: Closing tabs with Ctrl+w shortcut in gnome-terminal and geany (text-editor)

In "gnome-terminal" under "Edit" -▸ "Keyboard Shortcuts" (see screenshots below) you can set your custom shortcuts.

If you use the same setup as shown below, and lets say you have three tabs open, you can simple switch between them with:

  • Alt+1 - Switch to Tab1
  • Alt+2 - Switch to Tab2
  • Alt+3 - Switch to Tab3

  • And also Alt+left-arrowkey or Alt+rigth-arrowkey - to switch from left to right through your tabs and vice versa!

Once you activated tab 1/2/3 you can then use Alt+w to close it.

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  • Thanks.. It seems to be new features added to gnome terminal though I'm not sure.. :) but it is really helpful.. Aug 19, 2014 at 13:03
  • You are welcome Saurav Kumar. How long this option is available now I can not say for sure. I noticed it in v. 11.10 - Oneiric Ocelot.
    – v2r
    Aug 19, 2014 at 13:13
  • Thanks, is there anyway to change it to the standard Ctrl-Tab for Next Tab?
    – WiredIn
    Mar 4, 2016 at 15:51
  • Double-click the shortcut-key of Next Tab and input whatever new shortcut-key combination you'd prefer.
    – v2r
    Mar 5, 2016 at 13:20
  • Ctrl+W, Ctrl+T, Ctrl+N, etc. make a lot of sense since the same shortcuts are used almost everywhere else (e.g. browsers, text editor, etc.). Making them Ctrl+Shift+W, Ctrl+Shift+T, etc. also makes a lot of sense as Ctrl+W, Ctrl+C, etc. are usually used for other bindings. However, something that also makes a lot of sense is Ctrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+Tab. And for whatever reason, gnome-terminal does not let me set the shortcut to that.
    – undefined
    Feb 8, 2023 at 15:49

For me, what works is: Alt + shift + tab number.

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