I've set the default terminal using sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator but every time I press Control + Alt + T, it still opens up gnome-terminal.

I would like to change it to terminator if possible :-).

If it helps, I'm on Gnome Classic.

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The reason why your keyboard is opening gnome-terminal instead of terminator is because the keyboard shortcut is explicitly mapped to gnome-terminal and not the default terminal.

So, you can try remapping your keyboard shortcut to point to terminator instead of gnome-terminal.

Search for Keyboard in the dash overview and go to Shortcuts tab. Then move to Custom Shortcuts and add a new entry with the command pointing to x-terminal-emulator and reassign the shortcut to Ctrl+Alt+T.

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  • Hi jokerdino, I just tried it on Gnome and it works fine. I think it's a problem with Gnome Classic - would you know how to fix that? Cheers Chris
    – Chris
    May 28, 2012 at 0:43
  • I just tried these exact instructions in Gnome-Classic and its good for me. Cheers
    – parmar84
    Nov 30, 2012 at 22:37

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