The terminal in Linux is a software that takes the commands from users, gets them executed from the OS, and returns the output to the users. They are also called shell and console.

This article focuses on different ways of opening the terminal in CentOS 8.

There are following five ways. I will demonstrate it to you one by one.

Open terminal by using the “Activities” menu

Step 1. When you log in, the below-mentioned interface will appear. Click the” Activities” option present on its top left corner.

Activities bar

Step 2. Click the Terminal Icon icon.

Click on Terminal icon

As soon as you have pressed the Terminal Icon icon , the terminal will appear as shown below.

CentOS Terminal opened

Open terminal by using the search bar

Step 1. Click the “Activities” button located on the top right corner.

Click on activities bar

Step 2. Type “terminal” in the search bar. Terminal  The terminal icon icon will appear. Click on that icon.

Search bar

As soon as you press the Terminal icon, a terminal window will appear as shown below.

Linux shell access

Open the terminal by using Alt + F1 keyboard combination

Step 1. Press anytime “Alt and F1” simultaneously from your keyboard. The below window should appear.

CentOS Desktop

Step 2. Click the Terminal icon.

Click on terminal icon

As soon as you have press the icon, the terminal window will appear.

Terminal

Open terminal by using command prompt

Step 1. Click the Dot icon icon.

Click on dot icon

Step 2. Click the “Settings” icon.

Open settings

Step 3. Scroll down until you find “Devices” and click it.

Devices

Step 4. Click“Keyboard” and then search icon located on the top right corner. Type “run”. As soon as you type, ‘Show the run command prompt’ will appear. Either click it or press Alt and F2 simultaneously from your keyboard.

Show the run prompt

Step 5. A pop-up will appear, type ‘gnome-terminal’ and press Enter key from the keyboard.

Enter a shell command

As soon as you press the Enter key in the above step, a terminal will appear as shown below.

GNOME Terminal

Open the terminal by creating your own shortcut key

This is one of the efficient methods of opening the article. Using this method, all you need to hit a single or double key from your keyboard.

Step 1. Click the   Dot icon  icon.

Click on dot icon in navbar

Step 2. Click the “Settings” icon.

Click on settings icon

Step 3. Scroll down until you find “Devices” and click it.

Devices

Step 4. Click “Keyboard”.

Keyboard

Step 5.  Scroll down until you find “+” and click it.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Step 6. A pop-up will appear, type the following information.

Name: Terminal

Command: gnome-terminal

Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T (You can set any shortcut key which you want)

Click the “Add”   button present on the top right corner.

Create shortcut to open the terminal

Step 7. You can use this key to open a terminal window. Just press “Ctrl+Alt+T” and a terminal window will appear.

GNOME Termianl started successfully

Conclusion

So that was all about different ways of opening the article in CentOS 8.0. I hope you have loved reading this article. Your suggestions and queries are welcome.

5 Different Ways to open the terminal in CentOS 8 GNOME Desktop
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.