How to launch a terminal window


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Many how-to's start with "open a terminal" or "launch a terminal window". That's because terminal commands are identical across all editions of Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Which saves me a lot of explanations....

Yet this first step might pose a problem for you; because how does one launch a terminal window in the first place? You find the answer below.

Ubuntu:
On the bottom left, click on the big square button with the rows of white dots (Show Applications). Query: terminal
Click on Terminal


Linux Mint Cinnamon:
Menu button - Administration - Terminal


Linux Mint MATE:
Menu button - Terminal


Linux Mint Xfce:
Menu button - System - Xfce Terminal (Terminal Emulator)


Xubuntu:
Menu button - Accessories - Terminal Emulator


Lubuntu:
Menu button - Accessories - LXTerminal


Strictly speaking, it's not necessary anymore in modern Linux distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint, to use the terminal. Because for all the things you want to do, there's usually also a normal graphical "mouseclick" application available.

But the terminal is still the mighty "Swiss Army knife" of Linux: it can do almost everything! Thanks to the enormous amount of small and powerful terminal applications.

A screenshot of Linux Mint Cinnamon with an open terminal window (click on the image to enlarge it):



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