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Tutorial: How to Pimp your Ubuntu Terminal

Published: Thursday, 10 February 2011
I played around with my Terminal and discovered it had some very cool features, which could pass hidden from sight of a normal user.

Open Terminal: Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal. This is how my default looks like:



Create a profile for yourself and set that profile as default.

Click: Edit >> Profiles.

Click New to create a new profile for yourself and then click Create





General Tab: Profile name (type in a name for your profile). To use default fonts, leave "Use the system fixed width font" checked, else uncheck it for more font options.

Title and Command tab: this allows you to change the title of the Terminal window.

Colors tab:
allows the default theme colors to be changed

Background tab:
allows the use of an image as a background. Select the radio button "background image", and click on the folder icon at the end of "image file" to select a picture of your choice.

Scrolling tab:
has options to set the location of the scrollbar, etc.

Compatibility tab:
just in case you need to change the default behaviours of the backspace key.

Note: Terminal has default window sizes: 80x24; 80x43; 132x24; and 132x43 (pic below), so you might want to resize your image first to either of the 4-window size options which you prefer to make things fit perfectly.


And after much playing around, here is how my terminal looks like: a mouth-watering spoon of Okra soup. Okra soup is a Nigerian delicacy but who says I can't salivate on my terminal?


To make sure your profile and settings are saved and used as default the next time you close / restart terminal, click on the Edit menu >> Profiles. Select your profile-name in the pull-down option: Profile used when launching a new terminal.



Heres another profile I created.



With many options to choose from, you can have so many terminal profiles you wish. How I wish there is an app that could switch profiles automatically, just like a wallpaper.

Have you pimped your terminal? comments and opinions are welcome!


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