How do you open the control center from Linux Mint Cinammon Desktop terminal?

Also, is it just shooter's preference for which file management is best? I don't have a problem with Nemo so far but if there's better out there, any suggestions?

2 Answers 2


Some options, tested in Mint 20.

  1. In a terminal, type cinnamon-settings

  2. ALT+F2 and type cinnamon-settings

  3. Click the Menu, click the System Settings icon on the left in the quick options.

  4. Windows key then type System Settings (the cursor should be focused on the search box so typing works).

Older answer, not valid since Mint 20

I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "control center". If you mean the "System Settings", personally one of the quickest ways is:

  1. Right mouse click on the desktop.
  2. Select Change Desktop Background (opens that setting box).
  3. Select the arrow in the top left (opens the System Settings).
  • Sorry for the confusion, this is my first OS I'm trying to learn the "guts" of so I'm new to the terminology. I did mean System Settings as you said. However, is there a way to pull this up from the terminal? If not, I totally get it but I'm trying to see if I can run as much as I can from the terminal. Thank you for the help!
    – pjsansman
    Apr 4, 2017 at 1:32
  • See edited update to answer.
    – Tigger
    Apr 4, 2017 at 1:35

cinnamon-settings will show some settings, cinnamon-control-center will show a bunch of other settings. No idea why the settings aren't all in one place.

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