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Simple Ways to Open Terminal Mac Shortcut

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Written by Hassan Abbas

A terminal is a handy tool for giving your Apple Mac commands although many may be intimidated by it. After all, it’s not as easy as just typing in a sentence and your Mac responding. We have some articles listed below that can help you with common commands if you are interested in learning to use Terminal or if you just want to enter a command or two. In this article, we are going to talk about Simple Ways to Open Terminal Mac Shortcut. Let’s begin!

Either way, before you can use it, you have to open it, right? There are many methods for opening it; here are seven simple ways to open Terminal on Mac.

Open Terminal using Spotlight Search

One of the quickest and easiest ways to open Terminal on Mac is with Spotlight Search.

  • If you have the Spotlight Search button in your menu bar, click it. Otherwise, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Space.
  • Then type in “Terminal”.
  • You should see the Terminal application under Top Hit at the top of your results. Double-click it and Terminal will open.

Open Terminal using Finder

Open Finder or make sure that your menu bar is using Finder and not another application.

  • Click Go > Utilities from the menu bar.
  • In the Utility folder that opens, double-click Terminal.

Open Terminal using the Applications folder

If you have a Finder window open, you can also access Terminal from the Applications folder.

  • Select Applications from the left side.
  • Click the arrow to expand the Utility folder.
  • Then double-click Terminal.

If you have the Applications folder in your Dock as I do, you can open Terminal from there too.

  • Click Applications in your dock.
  • Select Utilities.
  • Then choose Terminal.

Open Terminal using Launchpad

You can open Terminal using Launchpad in two ways, depending on if you have organized Launchpad a different way or not.

By default, Launchpad contains a folder labeled Other that contains Terminal.

  • Open Launchpad from your Dock or with the keyboard shortcut Fn + F4.
  • Locate the Other folder and click.
  • Then choose Terminal.

If you have arranged your Launchpad items differently and removed the Other folder, you can still find Terminal easily.

  • Open Launchpad from your Dock or with the keyboard shortcut Fn + F4.
  • Type “Terminal” into the search box at the top.
  • When the Terminal icon displays, click it.

Open Terminal using Siri

Thanks to a helpful comment from one of our readers, there is one more super simple to way to open Terminal on Mac; using Siri.

  • Click the Siri button from your menu bar or open Siri from your Applications folder.
  • Using your microphone, then simply say “Open Terminal.”

Create a Terminal shortcut

If you decide that you want to start using Terminal more often, creating a shortcut for it in your Dock is convenient.

With the Terminal icon in your Dock already, from recently opening it, do the following.

  • Hold Control and click the Terminal icon in the Dock or right-click it.
  • Mouse over Options in the pop-up menu.
  • Then click Keep in Dock.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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