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To configure Terminal, choose EditPreferences... or right-click the terminal area of the window and choose Preferences.... This will bring up the Terminal Preferences dialog, which allows you to adjust Terminal's behaviour to your needs.

Open Terminal Preferences


General Tab

Initial title
Use this text box to specify the initial title of terminals. New terminals will have the initial title.
The initial title can also substitute some tokens, see the section called To change the terminal title for more information.
Dynamically-set title
Use this drop-down list to specify how to handle dynamically-set titles, that is, terminal titles set by the commands that run in the terminal.
Run command as login shell
Select this option to force Terminal to run your shell as a login shell when you open new terminals. See the documentation of your shell for details about differences between running it as interactive shell and running it as login shell.
Update utmp/wtmp records when command is launched
Select this option to insert a new entry in the utmp and wtmp records when a new terminal is opened.
Scroll on output
Select this option to enable you to scroll the output on the terminal while the terminal continues to display more output from a command.
Scroll on keystroke
Select this option to enable you to press any key on the keyboard to scroll down the terminal window to the command prompt. This action only applies if you scrolled up the terminal window and you want to return to the command prompt.
Scrollbar is
Use this drop-down list to specify the position of the scrollbar in terminal windows.
Use this spin box to specify the number of lines that you can scroll back using the scrollbar or the mouse wheel. For example, if you specify 1000 you can scroll back the last 1000 lines displayed in the terminal.


Appearance Tab


Click on the button to select the font type and font size you want to use for the terminal.

Enable anti-aliasing for the terminal font
Use the option Enable anti-aliasing for the terminal font to control whether you want Terminal to use anti-aliasing when rendering text in the terminals. Disabling this option can impressively speed up terminal rendering performance and reduce the overall system load on slow systems.
Allow bold text
The option Allow bold text controls whether Terminal allows the application running inside to use bold text or not. If disabled, all text will appear in the selected font, else certain text will appear in bold face.


Select a background for the terminal window. The options are as follows:

None (use solid color)
Select this option to use the background color that is specified in the Colors section as the background color for the terminal.
Background image
Select this option to use an image file as the background for the terminal. Use the Image file entry box to specify the location and name of the image file. Alternatively, click on the button besides the entry box to search for and select the image file.
Use the Style option to control the appearance of the background image. Terminal supports tiling, centering, scaling and stretching background images.
Transparent background
Select this option to use a transparent background for the terminal.

If you have selected Background image or Transparent background, you can use the slider Shade transparent or image background to shade or dim the background of the terminal.

Opening new windows

Display menubar in new windows
Select this option to show the menubar on new terminal windows by default.
Display toolbars in new windows
Select this option to show toolbars on new terminal windows by default.
Display borders around new windows
Select this option to show window decorations on new terminal windows by default.


Colors Tab