How to redefine custom shortcut to open Terminal once Terminator was installed?

For Ubuntu Desktop 22.04, with the ctrl + alt + t shortcut is opened the default terminal available.

Now Terminator was installed and with the same shorcut now Terminator is opened instead. I did do a research in Preferences for each one and does not exist a shortcut to define how to open each one. Only their respective internal shortcuts.


  • Settings -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> View and Customize Shortcuts -> Custom Shortcuts was defined ctrl + alt + y for Terminator and works.

But ctrl + alt + t remains for Terminator yet.


  • Settings -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> View and Customize Shortcuts -> Launchers I can see the Launch terminal option defined with ctrl + alt + t but is not possible edit to indicate use Terminal

How to Fix this?

Asked By: Manuel Jordan


In your keyboard settings in the shortcuts you might see something like exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator or Launch terminal being assigned to Ctrl+Alt+T.

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So, you will need to update the x-terminal-emulator default. You can do it by running sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator from the current terminal:


terrance@terrance-ubuntu:~$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator
There are 7 choices for the alternative x-terminal-emulator (providing /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator).

  Selection    Path                             Priority   Status
* 0            /usr/bin/xfce4-terminal.wrapper   40        auto mode
  1            /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper   40        manual mode
  2            /usr/bin/koi8rxterm               20        manual mode
  3            /usr/bin/lxterm                   30        manual mode
  4            /usr/bin/qterminal                40        manual mode
  5            /usr/bin/uxterm                   20        manual mode
  6            /usr/bin/xfce4-terminal.wrapper   40        manual mode
  7            /usr/bin/xterm                    20        manual mode

Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 

Make sure to choose the terminal application you want as your default.

Answered By: Terrance
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