How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Is it possible to open a new tab in the current terminal with some commands?

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

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If you just want to open a new tab

To open a new tab in the current opened terminal you can press SHIFT + CTRL + T . Alternatively, use the top level menu, which shows the keyboard shortcut (see screenshot below)

If you want to do it from the command line

Install xdotool – a program that lets you simulate keyboard input (among other things).

then type in the terminal:

That will simulate pressing the key combination, and open the new tab in the terminal.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

In Gnome Terminal Emulator just use Ctrl + Shift + T

You can check and change this and other key combinations in Edit menu.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

in the terminal the shortcut key is

this shortcut can also be edited

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

New tab Ctrl + Shift + T

Close tab: Ctrl + Shift + W

Switch tab: Ctrl + Pg Up and Ctrl + Pg Dn

Move tab: Ctrl + Shift + Pg Up and Ctrl + Shift + Pg Dn

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Huh, I do this to fork a build process. package.sh builds and uploads docker images – so I prefer them to overlap. gnome-terminal has some command line options to make new tabs:

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

If you want to open a new tab to a specific directory:

Put the shortcut to the command below.

Make sure you have xdotool installed.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Open the terminal

maximize it (or just click the terminal window)

at top bar, click Terminal–>Preferences

under General option, switch Window to Tab

after that, whenever you want to open new terminal, RightClick in the terminal –> Open Terminal

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

The way i usually want to do this is when i start typing cd some/directory/to-switch-to and then i realize i would much rather open that directory in a new tab. This function will open a new tab in the same directory if no path is specified, and in the specified directory (absolute, home-relative, or current directory relative) if one is supplied, with much credit to @wolcen.

Now if i’ve finished typing a cd command i can press ctrl+a and t and ENTER to instead open the directory in a new tab with just a few keystrokes.

If you work a lot in the command line, you probably keep more than one Terminal window open at once. However, instead of having separate windows, you can condense all your Terminal sessions onto one window using tabs in ubuntu terminal.

We’ll show you how to create tabs in ubuntu terminal.

To begin, open a Terminal window and select “Preferences” from the “Terminal” menu. The menu bar may either be on the title bar of the Terminal window or on the top panel on the desktop, depending on whether global menus are enabled in Ubuntu.

On the Preferences dialog box, make sure the General tab is active. Then, select “Tab” from the “Open new terminals in” drop-down list.

Click “Close” to accept the change and close the Preferences dialog box.

To open a new Terminal session on a new tab, select “New Terminal” from the “Terminal” menu.

A second Terminal session is opened on a new tab and the original session is also available on a tab. The name on the tab includes the current directory you’re in on that tab.

NOTE: Even when the Open new terminals in option is set to Tab, pressing Ctrl+Alt+T opens a new Terminal session in a new window, not a new tab.

Once you have two sessions open, you can open additional sessions using plus button to the right of the tabs.

When you add a new tab, whether it be through the Terminal menu or using the plus button, the new session is open to the same directory you were in on the tab that was currently active at that time.

There are several ways to switch among tabs. You can click on a tab to activate it, of course. You can also use the down arrow button on the far right to select the session you want or press Alt+1, Alt+2, etc. on your keyboard to jump to a specific tab. The tabs are numbered from the left, starting at 1.

If you want change the order of the tabs, you can click on a tab and drag it to another location on the tab bar. When you move tabs, they’re renumbered, so using the Alt+1, Alt+2 keyboard shortcuts to switch among the tabs will account for the new tab order. For example, if you move the third tab to the second position, Alt+2 would then activate what used to be the third tab.

To close a tab, click the “X” button on the right side of the tab.

You can also move and close tabs by right-clicking on a tab and selecting an option from the popup menu.

To close the Terminal window, and all the tabs, click the “X” button in the upper-left corner of the window.

The tabs are not saved when you close the Terminal window. However, the Open new terminals in setting is preserved and you can open tabs in ubuntu terminal the next time you use it.

The easiest way to access the Terminal is using the shortcut ctrl+alt+t. You will observe that every time you launch a new Terminal, it will open in a separate window. The Terminal, however, provides you with a preference to launch new Terminal sessions as tabs in the same Terminal window. With this tabbed interface, you can improve your productivity similarly as you do by using tabs in modern internet browsers.

Enabling tabs in Terminal

Launch the Terminal and select Preferences from the Edit menu as follows:

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

You will be able to see the following Preferences dialog; please make sure that the General tab is selected. From the “Open new terminals in:” drop-down, select Tab. When you click the Close button, your required changes will be confirmed and your Terminal will now be enabled to operate in a tabbed user interface.

Please note that you will be able to see a menu bar at the top of the Terminal or at the top panel of your Linux desktop(in case you have enabled Global Menus).

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Adding a new tab

In order to add a new Terminal as a tab in the existing Terminal window, please select New Terminal from the Files menu as follows:

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

You will be able to see the new tab opened with the previous tab running its session.

Note: If you want to launch a new Terminal window instead of opening it in a tab, click ctrl+alt+t

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

When more than one tab is opened in a Terminal, you can add more tabs simply by clicking the plus button located on the upper right side of the tabs. New tabs are opened in the same directory as that of the previous Terminal tab. Advertisement

Switching among tabs

  • Clicking on a specific tab to make it active.
  • Clicking on the down arrow at the right side of the tabs and selecting the tab you want to switch to.
  • All tabs are given a number from 1 to the number of tabs open. The shortcut Alt +[number of the tab] will take you to that tab.

Changing order of tabs

  • Right-clicking the selected tab and clicking Move Terminal Left or Move terminal Right from the menu.
  • Dragging a tab left or right.

Please remember that now the tabs will be in the new order and will be assigned new tab numbers. You will use these new numbers to switch among tabs using the Alt+[number of the tab] control.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Closing a tab

  • Clicking the x button of a tab.
  • Selecting a tab and then clicking the Close tab option from the File menu,

Please remember that when you close the Terminal window, your tabs are not saved. However, the Terminal will still be enabled to display terminals in tabs form the next time you launch the Terminal.

After learning how to work with tabs, you will be able to utilize the added speed and ease of use that the Terminal empowers you with. As you start working in multiple tabs, you will see that it is very simple to add, close, rearrange and switch tabs for greater performance. Follow this tutorial to see how instead of opening a new Terminal for all your operations, it is a smart option to open and work in tabs in a single window.

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If you work a lot in the command line, you probably keep more than one Terminal window open at once. However, instead of having separate windows, you can condense all your Terminal sessions onto one window using tabs.

We’ll show you how to open multiple Terminal sessions as tabs in Ubuntu.

To begin, open a Terminal window and select “Preferences” from the “Terminal” menu. The menu bar may either be on the title bar of the Terminal window or on the top panel on the desktop, depending on whether global menus are enabled in Ubuntu.

On the Preferences dialog box, make sure the General tab is active. Then, select “Tab” from the “Open new terminals in” drop-down list.

Click “Close” to accept the change and close the Preferences dialog box.

To open a new Terminal session on a new tab, select “New Terminal” from the “Terminal” menu.

A second Terminal session is opened on a new tab and the original session is also available on a tab. The name on the tab includes the current directory you’re in on that tab.

NOTE: Even when the Open new terminals in option is set to Tab, pressing Ctrl+Alt+T opens a new Terminal session in a new window, not a new tab.

Once you have two sessions open, you can open additional sessions using plus button to the right of the tabs.

When you add a new tab, whether it be through the Terminal menu or using the plus button, the new session is open to the same directory you were in on the tab that was currently active at that time.

There are several ways to switch among tabs. You can click on a tab to activate it, of course. You can also use the down arrow button on the far right to select the session you want or press Alt+1, Alt+2, etc. on your keyboard to jump to a specific tab. The tabs are numbered from the left, starting at 1.

If you want change the order of the tabs, you can click on a tab and drag it to another location on the tab bar. When you move tabs, they’re renumbered, so using the Alt+1, Alt+2 keyboard shortcuts to switch among the tabs will account for the new tab order. For example, if you move the third tab to the second position, Alt+2 would then activate what used to be the third tab.

To close a tab, click the “X” button on the right side of the tab.

You can also move and close tabs by right-clicking on a tab and selecting an option from the popup menu.

To close the Terminal window, and all the tabs, click the “X” button in the upper-left corner of the window.

The tabs are not saved when you close the Terminal window. However, the Open new terminals in setting is preserved and you can open multiple sessions on tabs the next time you open a Terminal window.

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Microsoft recently released a new terminal application called Windows Terminal. The terminal application has a lot of features that the developers have been asking for years. One of those features is that ability to add any console window to a new tab. Let me show you how to add Ubuntu tab to the Windows Terminal.

By default, Windows Terminal comes with PowerShell and Command Prompt tabs. If you want to, you can add any number of other consols to the Windows Terminal. For example, if you are a web developer and need to add a Linux console to Windows Terminal. You can do that by adding a few lines of code in a JSON file.

Note: I assume you’ve already installed the new Windows Terminal app. If not, you can install it from the Microsoft Store.

Add Ubuntu Tab to Windows Terminal

1. Make sure that you’ve installed Ubuntu in Windows 10. If not, you can install Ubuntu in Windows 10 with just a few clicks. Follow that Ubuntu installation guide and come here next.

2. Before you can add Ubuntu tab to Windows Terminal, you need to generate a new GUID (Globally Unique Identifier). This is how Windows Terminal differentiates between different consols. To generate a new GUID, search for Ubuntu in the start menu and open it.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

3. In the Ubuntu window, execute the uuidgen command. This will give a unique GUID, copy it. We are going to need that GUID in the coming steps. So, paste it somewhere safe.

A quick tip: Select the GUID with the mouse and right-click to copy.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

4. Now, open Windows Terminal by searching for it in the start menu.

5. In the Terminal window, click on the dropdown icon and select “Settings”.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

6. The above action will open the profiles.json file in your default code editor. In my case, the default code editor is VS Code. In the editor, scroll down until you see the Profiles array. At the end of the array add , .

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

7. Next, copy and paste the below code under the , while replacing YOUR_GUID with the actual GUID you got in step 3.

Note: If you’ve installed a specific version of Ubuntu then modify the 5th line in the below code and add the version number too. For example, if you’ve installed Ubuntu 18.04, modify the line as wsl.exe -d Ubuntu-18.04 .

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

8. Press Ctrl + S to save the JSON file.

9. Now, go back to the Windows Terminal and click on the dropdown menu. You will see the new Ubuntu option.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

10. Click on the Ubuntu option and the Ubuntu terminal will open in Windows Terminal.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Add Custom Tab Icon to Ubuntu Tab in Windows Terminal

If you look at the dropdown menu, there is no icon next to the Ubuntu option. That’s because you haven’t added any. The good thing is, you can any image you want as the Ubuntu tab icon.

1. The first thing you need to do is find the icon you want to set. The icon should be in PNG format with transparent background and 32×32 size. You can use this website to find free icons.

2. Once you have the icon, save it somewhere on your hard disk. For instance, I have a dedicated folder in my I drive that hosts all the icons I use for various folders.

3. Now, open the profiles.json file, go to the Ubuntu profile, find the “icon” value and replace the dummy icon path with the actual icon path. In my case, the icon path is “I:/System Icons/ubuntu.png”.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

4. Save the file.

That is it. You will see the new icon applied instantly in the Windows Terminal.

It is that simple to add Ubuntu tab to Windows Terminal. If you are facing any problems, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Gnome Terminal used to have an “Open Tab” option allows to open new terminal windows in tabs. Now the option is gone in Ubuntu 15.04.

The “Open Tab” option has been merged into “Open Terminal” option in Ubuntu 15.04, so it opens new terminals in either new windows or new tabs depends on the Preferences settings under General tab:

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

The shortcut key does not change, so you can now open Gnome Terminal in a new tab via either Ctrl+Shift+T or “Open Terminal” option:

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

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How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

If you spend a lot time with terminals you probably going to remember shortcut keys to get things done quickly. One the most important thing interacting with Linux is getting familiar with terminals and commands. So, for that you gonna need multiple terminals and to handle multiple terminals windows on the desktop you’ll end up with terrible chaos.

I’m going to share two methods to get multiple tabs and screens features in Kali Linux, Ubuntu or any other Linux distro. First let’s talk about Kali Linux.

The default terminal of Kali Linux, Gnome Terminal Emulator, allows you to organize your work-flow with the terminals by creating a tabbable control in which many terminals can be viewed in a single window.

How to get multiple tabs in Kali Linux?

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Add New Tab

To add a new tab press:

Close tab

To close a tab, use the following combination once the desired tab is focused:

Switch tab

To focus another tab in the console, use the following combinations. To switch one tab forward:

To switch one tab backwards:

Move tab position

With Gnome, you are able to change the position of the focused tab by using the following combinations. To move the tab one position up:

To move the tab one position down:

How to get multiple screen sessions in Kali Linux using Tmux?

One of the best tool which i know so far is tmux. Which makes everything easier for us to operate.

If you don’t have tmux installed use this command: apt install tmux

Just type: tmux (When it loads you can see at the bottom: [1] 0:bash* which means tmux loaded and you have first window working with name bash. and * means your on that window.)

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

In tmux, hit the prefix ctrl+b

As you can see we have now two windows, 0:bash- 1:bash* and we’re on 2nd windows because it’s *

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

That shortcut took me back to first window which is 0:bash* and * means we’re on first window.
How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

This shortcut took me to 2nd window which is 1:bash* and activated.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

I renamed my 2nd window to “Window2” so that will be easier for us to remember what we’re doing on that window.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Here take a look at both names now, “Window1” and “Window2”

I can open as many terminal tabs I want using Ctrl+ + Shift + T .

But for some reason, I’m not able to switch the tabs using Ctrl + PgUp and Ctrl + PgDown . So what is the shortcut-key to switch in between tabs?

Also, what do I do to close any particular tabs using the shortcut keys?

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

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You can switch the tabs using Ctrl + PgDn to next tabs and Ctrl + PgUp for the previous tabs.

Reordering can be done using Ctrl + Shift + PgDn and Ctrl + Shift + PgUp .

Also Alt+1 to Alt + 0 can be used to switch tabs starting from 1 to 10. Where Alt + 1 is for 1st tab in terminal, Alt + 2 is for 2nd tab . Alt + 0 is for 10th tab.

If more than 10 tabs are opened then you’ve to switch using the shortcut mentioned above. i,e Ctrl + PgDn and Ctrl + PgUp

To close any selected tabs use Ctrl + Shift + W

gnome-terminal shortcuts can also be customized, which is very easy and useful, if you use different applications that ought to have set the same shortcut(s) [applies only to the current active application] for the same/similar function(s).

Example: Closing tabs with Ctrl + w shortcut in gnome-terminal and geany (text-editor)

In “gnome-terminal” under “Edit” -▸ “Keyboard Shortcuts” (see screenshots below) you can set your custom shortcuts.

If you use the same setup as shown below, and lets say you have three tabs open, you can simple switch between them with:

  • Alt + 1 – Switch to Tab1
  • Alt + 2 – Switch to Tab2

Alt + 3 – Switch to Tab3

And also Alt + left-arrow key or Alt + rigth-arrow key – to switch from left to right through your tabs and vice versa!

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest drop-down terminal Guake 3.7 in Ubuntu 18.04, or Ubuntu 19.10.

Guake is an open-source drop-down terminal for Gnome desktop. While the software in Ubuntu main repository is old, the latest Guake 3.7 was released with following changes:

  • Add tab selection popover in each notebook
  • Add fullscreen hide tabbar option
  • Set custom colors for each terminal tab.
  • Add –select-terminal and –selected-terminal options to Guake CLI
  • Adds an option to display only the last directory on the current path as the tab name.
  • Reworked the tab name selection to use a drop-down menu.
  • Unfullscreen through D-Bus interface, as well as through CLI.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

Guake Split Terminal Screen

How to Install Guake in Ubuntu:

Linux Uprising team maintains a PPA repository that contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 19.10.

1.) Open terminal and run command to add the PPA:

Type user password, no asterisk feedback, when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

How to add tabs to ubuntu’s terminal

2.) Then run command to install the drop-down terminal application via commands:

Once installed, launch Guake Preferences from system application menu and enjoy!

If an old version was installed previously, you may first kill Guake process or just reboot your machine to make it well working.

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, simply go to Software & Updates -> Other Software, then remove the repository line.