Keyboard shortcut CTRL + ALT + T opens a new terminal window on Linux. By default it opens 1 new terminal window.

  1. Is there a way how to customize how many new tabs are going to be opened ? e.g. by using this shortcut it will open 2 tabs by default

  2. What is the right keyboard shortcut to open a new tab in existing terminal ?

    • I want to have 2 tabs opened and switch between them with CTRL + Page up

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gnome-terminal is the default terminal application on Ubuntu. It does have a command line option that should help:

--tab    Open a new tab in the last-opened window with the default profile

so you could create a custom keyboard shortcut with the command

gnome-terminal --tab

If you wanted to open two tabs you could create a script file like:

gnome-terminal --tab
gnome-terminal --tab

Then call that script file from your keyboard shortcut.

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    That still opens a new terminal. It does not open a tab in an existing terminal as requested : "open a new tab in existing terminal".
    – RichieHH
    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:57
  • It does not appear to work with Gnome Terminal version 3.20.2 which is what I currently have installed under Ubuntu. It has worked with earlier versions. Mar 8, 2017 at 10:00
  • It looks like it may have never worked and they removed the help that says it did: bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=83203 Mar 8, 2017 at 10:06
  • Works in terminal, but doesn't work as keyboard shortcut (open new window). I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 Jun 10, 2019 at 5:59
  • Try this: stackoverflow.com/a/2191093/3337089 Didn't work for me though Jun 10, 2019 at 6:14

Run gnome-terminal command and add as many --tab options as you need. For instance, gnome-terminal --tab --tab --tab will get you a new window with three tabs. Assign the command to a keyboard shortcut to achieve what your goal.

To open a new tab interactively use Ctrl+Shift+T.

  • Super advanced usage of this, including detailed work-arounds to overcome the fact that the gnome-terminal --title and --command options are now unfortunately deprecated: askubuntu.com/questions/315408/…. Feb 12, 2020 at 2:03

CTRL + ALT + T (Open New Terminal) CTRL + SHIFT + T (Open New Tab in the terminal(Note you should not present on browser while executing this shortcut otherwise last closed browser tab will be opened)

gnome-terminal (open New Terminal) gnome-terminal --tab (open New tab in the terminal)

ALT + (tab number) ex: ALT + 1 (change to First Terminal tab) Alt + 2 (change to second Terminal Tab)

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    CTRL + SHIFT + T is very useful! Thank you!
    – 尤川豪
    Oct 22, 2020 at 13:45

From the existing gnome terminal, right click and select Preferences, you will see the keyboard shortcuts settings on Global -> Shortcuts.

The screenshot

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