I followed normal steps to assign Alt+Ctrl+T to open a terminal window. (Menu → Settings ManagerKeyboardApplication Shortcuts → Add and follow steps) but it just doesn't seem to work. I was following this: How to open terminal on Xubuntu and some other sources.

Why isn't it working? How do I make it work?

  • Did you try another key combination? Did you try this command exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator for the shortcut? What is your Ubuntu version? Is it an updated system from 13.04 to 14.04 or something else? ALT+CTRL+T works well on my Xubuntu 14.04 to open a terminal.
    – TuKsn
    Jul 18, 2014 at 19:16
  • weird! Why not work with me!?! I'm with a clean 14.04 Ubuntu + ubuntustudio-desktop (which is xfce). ...Tried exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator now but still no good :( maybe I'm doing something wrong @Tuknutx Jul 19, 2014 at 7:42
  • Did you have a .Xmodmap file in your home folder? Perhaps something of this will help askubuntu.com/questions/375709/… or bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xfce4-settings/+bug/1292290 ?
    – TuKsn
    Jul 19, 2014 at 8:21
  • no I don't have that! (the .Xmodmap) If this is what I need, how do I get it? ...I checked the links but both are not dealing with my problem. Jul 19, 2014 at 9:58
  • no you need no .Xmodmap.
    – TuKsn
    Jul 19, 2014 at 10:11

6 Answers 6


I'd like to suggest the following steps:

  1. go to 'Start' at the top left corner, and open Settings Manager


    open Terminal and type xfce4-settings-manager

  2. open Keyboard
  3. open Application Shortcuts Tab
  4. click Add button (with greed-icon) below
  5. type xfce4-terminal
  6. trigger the shortcut, which is in this (Ctrl + Alt + T)

Good luck!

  • OP already did that
    – Wayne_Yux
    Oct 22, 2015 at 7:29
  • This won't work if the Xubuntu environment was not installed completely. Apr 27, 2017 at 22:09

I solved this by adding the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T for the command gnome-terminal, using XFCE and TigerVNC. Go to the XFCE settings or run xfce4-settings-manager, then Keyboard, Application Shortcuts. Press Add and use gnome-terminal as the command you want to trigger and finally the shortcut.

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    This works because you have either gnome, unit or mate DE installed on the computer. Apr 27, 2017 at 22:10

Run xfce4-settings-manager Go to Window -> shortcuts -> add -> put the following as a command to run: exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator Then, select the key combination


I'd suggest double-checking your command in the shortcut list. I know I still have a tendency to leave the 4 out of xfce4-terminal sometimes.

  • I tried many many commands and none worked till now :( Jul 19, 2014 at 7:43

The most common and overlooked reason: see if any other program has acquired the same shortcut.

  • press alt+f2
  • search xfce4-keyboard-settings
  • in keyboard>Application shortcuts>add
  • in shortcut command>Command>type xfce4-terminal>ok
  • the next window waits for keystrokes> press ctrl+alt+T or your proffered combination close

XFCE 4.14

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