I changed my terminal size to a very large number and now the terminal keeps flickering at when launched and the menu on upper-left corner doesn't show up(my machine is Ubuntu 12.04)

Is there any way I can change my terminal size without launching it?

I've been looking for solutions and someone mentioned about gconf.xml file but in my ./gconf/apps folder there's no such folder called gnome-terminal

  • Do you have an icon on your Desktop to launch the terminal? – Charo Jul 3 '14 at 19:58

Install gconf-editor:

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

then you can find the settings here:

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Set use_custom_default_siz to false.

Above in this window you will also find the two size values if you only want to change this:

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You can also change the settings from commandline or create a script-file with:

gconftool --type Boolean --set /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/use_custom_default_size false

and execute it, you do not need the terminal-window to run a script-file.

More info about Gconf: How do I use the gconf editor?


If you have GNOME Classic, right mouse click on the terminal icon, select "Properties" and set the command to gnome-terminal --geometry=80x24 .

If you have Unity, you can create a launcher with this command in that way:

How can I create launchers on my desktop?

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