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How to open a terminal window

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Linux has a very powerful command line environment. To use the command line, you need to open a terminal window - sometimes called a shell window. This page shows how to open a terminal window.

First, choose System Tools from the Applications menu. Next choose Terminal or MATE Terminal from the System Tools menu:

Your terminal window will appear and will look something like this:

The picture above shows a window for a user named squinney on a machine called unicorn. Your terminal window will show your username and machine name in place of these.

Last reviewed: 
07/06/2021

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