I use the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut to open a terminal, but I cannot see how I can get it maximized. When I start it manually, I can simply do a gnome-terminal --maximize, but that does not apply for the shortcut. Even a changing of the .desktop files did not change anything.

Any way to let the shortcut open a maximized terminal window?

I use regular Gnome 2 on Ubuntu 11.04 with no compositing effects.


In gconf-editor set the key


to gnome-terminal --maximize

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  • That does not seem to work. :-/ – Martin Ueding Jun 26 '11 at 22:45
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    @queueoverflow: Without further information, I assumed you are using natty with unity. So please, elaborate a little bit about your system. – enzotib Jun 27 '11 at 7:16
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    /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec is the key that helps on my computer. – Martin Ueding Oct 11 '11 at 11:01
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    does not work for me either on ubuntu 14.04 with unity – Sam S Oct 18 '14 at 10:36
  • Alternatively, open whatever keyboard shortcuts manager your native OS has. For instance, Ubuntu MATE has a keyboard shortcuts desktop app. There, you should be able to either reassign the existing terminal shortcut, or add a custom option which you could name maximized terminal, and supply the command <your native terminal app> --maximized. For instance, I did mate-terminal --maximized. – axolotl Jun 15 '18 at 13:24

Just as an alternative (maybe when you are working on another computer for a short time), after the window is open, you can press Alt+Space to the open the window's context menu and X to maximize. Similarly N to minimize and C to close. Works for all other applications too.

This combination is also the default for Microsoft Windows OS.

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  • I prefer, in the order, Alt-F10, Alt-F9 and Alt-F4, bypassing the window menu :) – enzotib Jun 26 '11 at 14:32
  • I too used to :). However, Alt is on the bottom line of keys and the functions are on the top, which kinda makes the adjacent duo easier to use. Plus X, C and N are also close by :) – Sundeep Jun 26 '11 at 14:40
  • I have set Alt+X to open my terminal, so Open + Maximize is very fast. – Arpad Horvath Jul 22 '11 at 11:43

Not sure if this works for Gnome2 on Ubuntu 11.04, but it does for me on Ubuntu 12.04.

  • Open a Terminal
  • Select Profile Preferences from the Edit Menu.
  • Tick Use custom default terminal size and enter a default size that is too large for the screen e.g. 240 columns and 100 rows.

Click close then open a new Terminal by clicking the icon OR pressing Ctrl+Alt+T, the new terminal window should be maximised.

This answer is based upon advice I was given here: How to make terminal start maximized?

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Just go to edit keyboard shortcuts in "Keyboard" Then put the command gnome-terminal --maximize to the new custom shortcut and set it to launch with Ctrl + Alt + T (click reassign when the dialog box pops up.)

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  • click disabled to set it to launch with Ctrl + Alt + T – thinker3 Nov 5 '14 at 14:39
  • this is the best one – Nafaa Boutefer Jul 22 '16 at 17:49

I am a linux newbe and am happy for your question. I did a simple tweak to my system and it worked. I see linux uses a lot of - what in my programming knowledge is referred to as persistence - which is the ability to save the state of an object.

So in order to accomplish your goal, when you open a terminal either from the application menu or by combining Ctrl + Alt + T, just make sure before you close it, it's maximized, that will guarantee you that when you open again it will be maximized.

It's simple to me and workable.

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