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I'm using Gnome 2. I use the terminal several times, and I lose a lot of time going in Applications / Utilities / Terminal to launch the terminal. I am wondering if I can launch the terminal using keyboard shortcuts. I would like to do something similar to CTRL+T.

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This is not a direct answer to your question, but you may like some quick-starter app such as gnome-do. You can bind that to a shortcut, e.g. meta+space, and then start any application by typing its name. And since I also start a terminal often, all it takes for me is, alt+space+t+enter to start terminator. Yet it also starts any application without having to bind certain tools to specific keys. – k0pernikus Jun 21 '12 at 14:43
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Assuming you use Gnome, check out System / Preferences / Keyboard Shortcuts.

Also, you can create a launcher to any application in any panel: either drag and drop an entry from the menu, or right click on an panel and click on Add to panel.

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You should go to Settings / Keyboard / Shortcuts and find the tab labeled shortcuts, then add new shortcut, name your shortcut Launch New Terminal and add the command gnome-terminal &. After the shortcut is added, highlight the newly-minted custom shortcut and press the unique key combination of your choice. I personally use Ctrl+Alt+T.

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While this is not a keyboard shortcut, it works very well for me: I just dragged my Terminal icon from the Application/Utilities menu to the panel/status line and stuck it there. Now when I want to open a terminal window, it's a simple click on the icon. Eclipse and my browser live on there too for easy access.

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