I have a new Lenovo G560e, and have just installed Ubuntu 10.04. But the laptop's trackpad does not work!

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingHardwareDetection suggests some commands to run before reporting a hardware issue -- but my immediate problem is that I can't work out how to access the terminal from GNOME without a mouse!

Any help / suggestions would be gratefully received.


3 Answers 3


I use the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut to start the Terminal very quickly.

  • it works with 10.04?
    – enzotib
    Jul 10, 2011 at 16:12
  • Does this work with 10.04 ?
    – Binarylife
    Jul 10, 2011 at 16:12
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    This works in 11.04 for sure, and I think it should work with 10.04 LTS, though it's been a while so I'm not completely sure on that. If it doesn't work, you may have to open your Keyboard Shortcuts, find the entry for starting a terminal, and manually entering it (or some other key combination you might prefer). Jul 10, 2011 at 16:22
  • Works with 12.04 running within Parallels (Control + Option + T).
    – wberry
    Apr 12, 2013 at 18:56

The shortcut Alt-F2 allow to enter a command: write gnome-terminal. Alternatively Alt-F1 bring you to the main menu.

Also, to switch between application you can use Alt-TAB.

  • Who needs a mouse anyway?
    – grifaton
    Jul 10, 2011 at 16:13
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    yeah!, down with the GUI, CLI ftw!11!1 Jul 10, 2011 at 16:35
  • Thanks, this works on CentOS whereas the accepted answer doesn't. Jun 1, 2017 at 14:57

Despite the shortcuts how to access the terminal ;if you want you can control the mouse using the keypad.

Try to go to System->Preferences->Keyboard, under Mouse keys :

Check Pointer can be controlled using the keypad.

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  • This looks potentially useful -- but any idea how I can do this without a mouse?
    – grifaton
    Jul 10, 2011 at 16:24
  • Use Alt + F2 to access the keyboard Preferences. Or use Alt+F1 to access the main menu then navigate to system.
    – Binarylife
    Jul 10, 2011 at 16:27
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    Alt-F1, System->Preferences->Keyboard, then using arrows, tabs, and enter you can obtain all you want
    – enzotib
    Jul 10, 2011 at 16:28

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