If you’re using Ubuntu Linux, you’ll often see articles recommend you run commands. To do this, you need to type these commands into a Terminal window. Here are several ways to open one—including a quick keyboard shortcut
The tips in this article were tested on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. They should apply to other Linux distributions using the GNOME desktop environment, too.
Warning: Be careful about running commands you find online. Ensure they’re from a trustworthy source and that you understand what you’re running.
Use a Keyboard Shortcut to Open a Terminal
To quickly open a Terminal window at any time, press Ctrl+Alt+T. A graphical GNOME Terminal window will pop right up.
Launch a Terminal Window From the Dash
You’ll find the Terminal application included with your other installed applications. To find them, click the “Show Applications” button at the bottom-left corner of your screen, on the “dash” bar.
Type “Terminal” and press Enter to find and launch the Terminal shortcut. You can also locate the Terminal icon in the list of all applications that appears here and click it.
Run a Command to Open a Terminal
You can also press Alt+F2 to open the Run a Command dialog. Type
gnome-terminal here and press Enter to launch a terminal window.
You can run many other commands from the Alt+F2 window, too. You won’t see any information as you would when running the command in a normal window, however. The Run dialog is useful for situations like this where you just want to run an application—for example, you could press Alt+F2, type
firefox , and press “Enter to launch a Firefox browser window.