Once I've created a new tab in gnome-terminal with Ctrl+Shift+t, how can I switch back and forth between the tabs using the keyboard? For example, in Google Chrome the keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Tab (forward) and Ctrl+Shift+Tab (backward).

I'm using Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon.

  • Yea i'm using gnome-terminal ... I edited the question to reflect that.
    – dannyp32
    Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 3:26
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    Google returns THIS as the first result when doing a search with your exact title. Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 3:30
  • Thanks. I previously searched for "Switch between tabs in terminal with keyboard" which gives a bunch of results relevent to mac os. I forgot to search again after you asked if I was using gnome terminal.
    – dannyp32
    Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 3:53

4 Answers 4


Ctrl+Page Down (forward) and Ctrl+Page Up (backward).

  • If you happen to be on a laptop that has arrow keys, you may need to combine this with the fn key Commented Mar 30, 2022 at 16:34

Try using alt+tab number for Linux with gnome.

  • This works fine for me in gnome-terminal. Nice tip!
    – artu-hnrq
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 18:22
  • Works on xfce terminal. Thanks. Commented May 19, 2020 at 11:08
  • This works for me! Thanks! Commented Mar 15, 2022 at 16:34
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    what happens when you have more than 9 tabs open? Commented Mar 30, 2022 at 15:53

For me, what works is: Alt + shift + tab number.

  • that not work for me.
    – nima
    Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 8:32
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    It doesn't work for me either, only without pressing <Shift>
    – artu-hnrq
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 18:25

For my Dell XPS 13 2021 laptop using ubuntu it is Ctrl + fn + up/down arrow

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