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Pressing Ctrl + Alt + t seems to do nothing on my Linux Mint 13 MATE.

How can I set this shortcut to launch a terminal window?

As a detail, it seems the terminal is mate-terminal rather than gnome-terminal.

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You can just use Keyboard Shortcuts, available via Main Menu's Search ..

Just Add a new item... eg. named mate-terminal ... the command should be mate-terminal

Then click on the new item (which appears at the bottom of the list).. and type Control-Alt-t ...

All done...

If you have compiz installed, you can also use its Commands options, but the above method should still work.

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This did not work in Debian Jessie. – Barracuda May 28 '15 at 8:58
@Barracuda it works. I went to Settings -> Keyboard > Shortcuts > Own shortcuts -> Add. Tested on Debian 8.1.0 – barwnikk Jul 13 '15 at 15:15

Go to keyboard shortcut at System Tools -->Preferences-->System Settings-->keyboard-->shortcut Custom shortcuts

add + 
Name: gnome-terminal
Command :gnome-terminal

quickly try that

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This one worked for me. Debian Jessie – Barracuda May 28 '15 at 8:58

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