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How to Use the Terminal Emulator in Linux

A terminal emulator is an application through which users can interact with the operating system. Over the years, Linux has developed a decent GUI, as well; however, some users still find it more convenient to work with Linux using the terminal emulator. This article shows you how to use the terminal emulator in Linux Mint 20.

How to Launch a Terminal Emulator in Linux Mint 20

Before showing you how to use the terminal emulator, we will first show you how to access the terminal emulator in Linux Mint 20. There are several ways of launching the terminal emulator in Linux Mint 20, described in the following sections.

Method 1: Using the Terminal Icon in the Taskbar

There is a dedicated terminal icon located in the taskbar of the Linux Mint 20 system. Simply click on this icon to launch the terminal emulator, as shown in the following image:

Method 2: Using the Mint Menu

Another method of launching the terminal emulator in Linux Mint 20 works by accessing the Mint Menu. Simply click the terminal emulator icon to open it, as shown in the following image:

Once the Mint Menu has been launched on your desktop, you will see the terminal icon in that menu. Click the icon to launch the terminal emulator, as shown below:

Method 3: Using the Search Bar in the Mint Menu

In this method, you will need to launch the Mint Menu again by following the same procedure described in Method 2. After launching the Mint Menu, you will see a search bar. Type ‘terminal’ in the search bar, and you will see a ‘terminal’ search result. By clicking on this result, you will launch the terminal emulator, as shown in the image below:

Method 4: Using the Context Menu

An easier way of launching the terminal emulator in Linux Mint 20 is through the Context Menu. Simply right-click anywhere on your Linux Mint 20 desktop to launch the Context Menu. From this menu, select the ‘Open in Terminal’ option to launch the terminal emulator, as highlighted in the following image:

Method 5: Using the Ctrl+Alt+T Shortcut

Finally, the easiest way of launching the terminal emulator in Linux Mint 20 is simply by using the ‘Ctrl+Alt+T’ shortcut. When you press these keys together, the terminal emulator will immediately launch, as shown in the following image:

How to Use a Terminal Emulator

A terminal emulator can be used in Linux Mint 20 to serve many different purposes, of which the most common functions are listed below:

  • Give commands to your system to perform certain tasks.
  • Update and upgrade your system.
  • Install packages on your system.
  • Manipulate files, such as creating and modifying files, changing access permissions, moving from one location to another, etc.
  • Generate detailed battery reports of your system.
  • Find hardware and system details.
  • Turn off or restart your system.

Conclusion

Today’s article taught you all the different methods that you can use to launch the terminal emulator in Linux Mint 20. The article also showed you some of the most common tasks that you can perform using the terminal emulator. By going through this article, hopefully, you now understand the importance of a terminal emulator in Linux.

About the author

Karim Buzdar

Karim Buzdar

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.