I'd like Terminal to open near the bottom of my screen. Is there a way to set the default size and position?

I'm using Linux Mint 13, Cinnamon.

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    The answer will vary greatly on what desktop environment (GNOME, KDE etc.) or to be exact, what window manager, you are using. – phunehehe Sep 24 '12 at 11:49

Most terminals can be launched using the geometry switch allowing you to specify terminal's size and position (COLUMNSxROWS+X+Y) e.g.:

gnome-terminal --geometry 73x31+100+300


xterm -geometry 93x31+100+350

If you want to make the above permanent, copy the terminal launcher (terminal's .desktop file) from /usr/share/applications/ to ~/.local/share/applications/ and edit the Exec field accordingly.

E.g. for gnome-terminal

Exec=gnome-terminal --geometry 73x31+100+300

Having that custom launcher in your $HOME would preserve your settings after terminal-package upgrades (that would otherwise overwrite the default .desktop file in /usr/share/applications).

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    I am using lxterminal from Lubuntu 11.10 and the help says that I can use the option geometry=colsxrows but nothing about the position. Do you know how to fix its position in Lubuntu? – Sigur Sep 24 '12 at 14:09
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    @Sigur - you could try using devilspie to specify the position. Create a file ~/.devilpie/lxterminal.ds with this content (replace X and Y as per your taste): (if (is (application_name) "lxterminal") (begin (geometry "+200+350") ) ) save, run devilspie then launch lxterminal with desired size: lxterminal --geometry=COLxROW. It should be automatically positioned where you want. It works OK in Gnome 3 at least. – don_crissti Sep 24 '12 at 16:07

xterm Options Using Xresources or Xdefaults

This is the general "syntax" for options that go into the ~/.Xresources or ~/.Xdefaults file:

XTerm*geometry: COLUMNSxROWS+X+Y

For example

XTerm*geometry: 90x30+0+540

Note: The first two options (COLUMNSxROWS) depend on your font type/size.

Furthermore, it also depends on the resolution of your Display, as the last two options are for the position of the window; this is calculated in different units than the Window Size of the xterm window.

When X = 0 then the position is all the way on the left
When Y = 0 then the position is all the way at the top

If your resolution is e.g. 1920x1080, then you'd put the Y value as 540 (half-way down from the top edge of your display); as the 30 ROWS value is roughly half the display height on the same-sized display using my own system's fonts, settings.

  • In order to activate the changes I had to run xrdb .Xdefaults. – Woltan Aug 28 '18 at 7:20

As an update, the top answer didn't work for me in Ubuntu 18.04 as of Aug. 2018. What got the job done is Hardware -> Keyboard -> Add new command (By hitting plus sign). Fill in the "Command" field with command like gnome-terminal --geometry 80x55-500+0. Set the hotkey as Crtl + Alt + T. Done.

Even better, you can add the command to "Startup Applications" to launch the terminal at startup.


Regarding the font size, in lxterminal you could set the default font to the size you want, although this would apply to all terminals. If you were using gnome-terminal you could set up a profile with the desired font size and pass it in using the flag --window-with-profile, but I don't see any related options in lxterminal.

If you don't want this to be your default font size, one potential option is to write a script to modify the config file (by default ~/.config/lxterminal/lxterminal.conf) to change the font size, then launch the program, then revert the font size in the config file. I haven't tested this though.

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