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Make the Terminal speedy with Yakuake

Call me lazy, but why move the mouse to open a terminal. A purist would say a REAL operating system is entirely console based. I'm no purist, I like an OS to be usable by the majority of people. In Linux the terminal is an essential tool, great for doing any and all work. Well, with Yakuake and a bit of editing you can have a hideable terminal that you can access with a single button - Quake style.

Anyone who has played the original Quake game knows it had access to a terminal within it. That was the basis for Yakuake. Yakuake is a KDE application, so it works in KDE or XFCE systems. Below is a picture of what it looks like when it's up and running.

Simply open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get install yakuake

It will need to install several other packages, depending on your window manager. Once you're finished you can make it autostart by either copying the yakuake.desktop to the autostart directory or going to Settings > Autostarted Applications. To manually copy the file open a terminal window and type

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/kde/yakuake.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart

Now you can tweak the settings of Yakuake to choose where on the screen you want it to be, what size it should be, and what key will trigger the terminal to appear. It's very easy to customize, so play with it a bit to find the best settings for you.

The default button to open Yakuake is F12. Once open the settings are stored in the directory accessed through the arrow in the lower right corner of the Yakuake.

Hope you enjoy, and now your terminal will react as fast as you think, even without a mouse.

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