How to Customize the Linux Terminal on a Chromebook

How to Customize the Linux Terminal on a Chromebook

With Chrome OS 84 you can open multiple tabs in the terminal. It looks and feels like the terminal version of the Chrome browser. Apart from that, you also provide several customization options. Having said that, here’s how you can access the terminal’s customization settings.

Before we start

First, make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome OS or at least Chrome OS 84 or later. To check, go to settings and select the option “About Chrome OS” in the left sidebar. Here you can see your Chrome OS version, if it’s below version 84, make sure you update the OS. Also, you’ll need to activate Linux on your Chromebook.

How to access Linux Terminal customizations

To access customization, first, open a terminal on your Chromebook from the app drawer.


There are no options in the terminal, but you can long press or right-click the terminal icon on the shelf and click Settings in the menu.


Now you can make changes in terminal settings and also check changes in the terminal in real-time. And here are all the changes you can make in terminal settings.


In the Appearance section, you can change the complete terminal theme, background color, font, font size, cursor color, blinking, etc. You can scroll down to change individual settings to your liking and the changes happen in real-time so that you can get a clear picture of what has changed and how it looks. I’m not a fan of the terminal customization look, but it makes the terminal more in line with the Chrome OS design style.


Keyboard & Mouse

This is the most important part because you can customize keyboard and mouse shortcuts and settings. One of the shortcuts I often miss is Ctrl + V for pasting code in the terminal. Instead, we need to use Ctrl + Shift + V which creates inconsistencies. But now, you can change it from here. Just scroll down and activate “Ctrl + V paste behavior” in Keyboard and mouse settings. That’s all, you can get your Crct + V shortcut back.

In fact, you can completely change the terminal’s behavior to behave like the Chrome browser by enabling keyboard shortcuts like ctrl + T to open a new tab, ctrl + 1to9 to switch between tabs, etc.


You also have a behavior section where you can enable things like displaying terminal dimensions as they are resized. However, there are no important features in the behavioral section.

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