How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts on Kali Linux

This post about How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts on Kali Linux has a background story. It was happen about 1 or 2 month ago when I get my Kali Linux distribution from

I’m successfully installed Kali Linux on my virtual box, but when I tried to press CTRL+ALT+T (terminal shortcut on backtrack) it’s not worked, instead I must click the terminal logo on the top of my Kali linux window.

So actually how to make a keyboard shortcuts on kali linux?

If the case is you only want to run a terminal, you can try to press ALT + F2 and type:


Now how if we want to make a Kali Linux keyboard shortcut?


1. Kali Linux (

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts on Kali Linux:

1. First go to

Applications –> System tools –> Preferences –> System Settings

2. On the System settings, find hardware group and choose keyboard .

3. Choose and click shortcuts tab, and press the plus + sign at the bottom to add a new shortcut.

4. Put the name(use the name that easy to recognize) and the command (in this case it is a terminal).

5. Click the disabled area until it change the words to New accelerator.

6. Now you can choose which shortcut you want for your Kali Linux. In this example we use CTRL + ALT + T to call the terminal.

We can directly try our new kali linux keyboard settings.


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