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Getting Started

Starting Terminal

The easiest way to start Xfce Terminal is to use the applications menu of your desktop; for Xfce, point your mouse cursor to the desktop, press the right mouse button and choose SystemXfce Terminal.

You can also start xfce4-terminal from a command line or from the Application launcher. Just hit Alt-F2, type Xfce Terminal and click the button Execute.

When you first start Terminal

When you start Xfce Terminal for the first time, the application opens a terminal window with default settings.

When you first start Terminal

The terminal window displays a command prompt where you can type UNIX commands. The command prompt may vary depending on the configuration of your shell. The cursor is positioned at the command prompt. When you type a UNIX command and press Return, the computer executes the command. By default, Terminal will use the login shell of the user who starts the application (/bin/bash in case of a default Linux installation).

Terminal sets the following environment variables for the command running inside the terminal window:

TERM
Set to xterm or xterm-color, you can configure the value from the Preferences dialog.
COLORTERM
Set to xfce4-terminal by default.
DISPLAY
Set to the X11 display of the terminal by default.
WINDOWID
Set to the X11 window identifier of the terminal by default.

Working with multiple terminals

Xfce Terminal provides a tab feature that enables you to open several terminals within a single window. Each terminal is opened in a separate tab. Click on the appropriate tab to display the terminal in the window. Each tabbed terminal in a window is separate sub-process, so you can use each terminal for a different task.

Working with multiple terminals

See the section Usage for information about how to open a new tabbed terminal.

You can close a terminal tab by clicking on the close button in the terminal tab header or by choosing FileClose Tab from the menubar.

Modifying Shortcuts

Xfce Terminal has no special interface to change shortcuts like Ctrl-Shift-T to open a new tab. Instead it relies on customizable menu accelerators in Gtk+.

Read more about this in the general FAQ how to use editable menu accelerators.

Search in the Terminal Contents

Open the Find dialog, by clicking TerminalFind....

Search in scrollbar buffer

Case sensitive
Enable case sensitive matching.
Match as regular expression
Don't escape the search pattern, but use it directly for the regular expression.
Match entire work only
Add word boundary matching (\b) to the regular expression.
Wrap around
Jump to the beginning of the buffer, and visa-versa, when the end has been reached.

If the dialog is closed, you can continue search with the TerminalFind Previous and TerminalFind Next menu actions. The search pattern will be unset when you clear the scrollbar buffer.

apps/terminal/getting-started.txt · Last modified: 2012/12/28 13:48 by nick