While yes sometimes you might have a key combination setup to open a new terminal window, something I found that saves a second or two is have a terminal that drops down from the top of your screen just by pressing F12. While Yakuake is written for KDE desktops you can still use it on other desktops as-well, I use it with XFCE all the time for quick commands or opening applications I didn’t create shortcuts for. As with a-lot of different terminal emulators out there, you can have multiple tabs open at the same time. I find this particularly useful if I am reading about something and need to run a command or two real quick, I simply drop it down, run the commands and send it back up. (One small thing worth noting is that you will more than likely only get transparency to work on KDE, not that big of a deal though to me.)
You can install Yakuake by running the following commands depending on what distribution you are running, note you will have to have kdebase and kdelibs-devel installed for this to work, but it should autoinstall dependencies for some distributions.
Install Yakuake on Ubuntu / Linux Mint
sudo apt-get install yakuake
Install Yakuake on CentOS
Install Yakuake on Fedora
sudo yum install yakuake
You will also probably want to set this to a startup application, this process can vary depending on what desktop environment you are running and to save a second or two I will just link you below on how to do this.
I hope you enjoyed this post and this neat little application, it makes life a little easier once you get used to it. More posts are coming, I kinda took a break from writing on any of my blogs for this past week or so due to starting my new job however I am finding more time to write. Please don’t forget to like/comment/share, it really helps this blog out a-lot!