Use tabs

Before you can navigate around tabs using the menus, you need to check that they are enabled in your preferences.

The tab bar is shown at the top a Terminal window that has multiple tabs open (it looks like a row of buttons). Click on a tab to switch to it. You can open multiple tabs to manage your work in Terminal. This will allow you to multi-task with activities such as running programs, browsing directories and editing text files in a single Terminal window.

Open a new tab

To open a new tab inside your current Terminal window:

  1. Press Shift+Ctrl+T.

Remove a tab

To close an existing tab inside your current Terminal window:

  1. Select File ▸ Close Terminal.

Alternatively, you can click on the × in the top right corner of the tab or right click on the tab and select Close Terminal.

Reorder tabs

To change the ordering of tabs in a window:

  1. Click and hold the left mouse button on the tab.

  2. Drag the tab to the desired position among the other tabs.

  3. Release the mouse button.

The tab will be placed in the position closest to where you released the tab, immediately beside other open tabs.

Alternatively, you can reorder a tab by right clicking on a tab and selecting Move Terminal Left to move the tab to the left or Move Terminal Right to move the tab to the right. This will reorder the tab position by moving it one place at a time.

Move a tab to another Terminal window

If you want to move a tab from one window to another:

  1. Click and hold the left mouse button on the tab.

  2. Drag the tab to the new window.

  3. Place it beside other tabs in the new window.

  4. Release the mouse button.

You can move a tab from one window to another by dragging the tab to the Activities hot-corner of the GNOME Shell. This will reveal each of the open Terminal windows. You can release the tab that you are holding over the desired Terminal window.

Move a tab to create a new Terminal window

To create a new window from an existing tab:

  1. Click and hold the left mouse button on the tab.

  2. Drag the tab out of the current Terminal window.

  3. Release the mouse button.