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How You Can Open Terminal on Mac

7 Fast and Easy Ways You Can Open Terminal on Mac

If you've explored your Mac, you've probably seen Terminal hanging around somewhere. It can be an excellent tool for customizing your Mac, solving various issues, or simply using it for commands like opening a specific folder that you can't find, hiding icons, connecting to web servers, and much more.

If you never used Terminal, it can be confusing for you at first. Before typing in any command line, make sure you understand what Terminal is and how it works. If you don't know how to use it, don't wing it, as you can do some damage to your operating system.

7 Ways How You Can Open Terminal on Mac

The Terminal is an app that's integrated into macOS. Its icon looks like a black screen with >_ characters on it. If you know where to look for it, it's quite easy to spot. When you first open the Terminal window, it might look intimidating. It's just black text on a white background with the occasional numbers and characters.

Terminal is like a door to your operating system. With Terminal commands, you can make various tweaks to your Mac's software code. But you can only do that with an administrator account and password. As mentioned before, you need to be careful with it and understand what command you're typing. If you know how to use Terminal and what commands to enter, it can be a lifesaver in certain situations.

You can type as much as you want in the Terminal window. The command won't be executed until you press the Return key on your keyboard. When you do, you'll if the Terminal doesn't recognize a command, you'll get an error and will have to try again. If the command is identified, it will be executed.

Keep in mind that you won't get any indication if the command was executed successfully unless it requires a display of text.

But before you do anything with Terminal, first you need to know where to find it and how to open it. In this article, you'll discover six ways how you can open Terminal.

Pick one that you like the best and start to get to know the Terminal app.

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Open Terminal Using Siri

Siri by Apple is a voice assistant that can be very helpful in small tasks like opening an application or searching for information on the web. It's also one of the ways to open Terminal.

To open Terminal using Siri, follow the steps below:

1. Say "Hey Siri" or click on the Siri button, located in the menu bar left corner.

Launch Siri

2. Then, say "Open Terminal".

Open Terminal using Siri

If Siri doesn't respond, try to connect an external microphone (headset, buds, etc.).

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Open Terminal From Dock

In Dock, you can keep the Terminal icon for faster access.

To add and open Terminal from Dock, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Terminal with any other method.
2. Then, a Terminal icon will appear in the Dock. Right-click on it, and in the pop-up menu, hover over "Options".
3. Then, click on "Keep in Dock". The action will add the Terminal icon to the left section of the Dock.
4. To open Terminal from Dock, click on the Terminal icon.

Open Terminal using Dock

Quite simple, right?

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Open Terminal From Finder

Another way to open the Terminal is to use Finder.

To open Terminal from Finder, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Finder.
2. Then, click on "Applications" located on the left sidebar.

go to Applications

3. Go to the "Utilities" folder.

Expand Utilities folder

4. Locate and double-click on "Terminal" to open it.

Open Terminal using Finder

You can also add the Applications folder to your Dock's right section for quick access to applications and Mac utilities.

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Open Terminal From Utilities

Utilities folder holds apps that can help you manage your Mac and customize the operating system features to a certain extent.

To open the Terminal from the Utilities folder, follow the steps below:

1. In the menu bar, click on "Go".
2. Then click on "Utilities" to open the Utilities folder.

Go to Utilities

You can also open the Utilities folder by opening Finder, going to "Applications", and clicking on the "Utilities" folder in the applications window.
3. Then, in the Utilities folder, locate "Terminal" and double-click on it to open.

Open Terminal using Utilities

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Open Terminal From Spotlight

Spotlight is one of the fastest ways to open any application and utility.

To open the Terminal from Spotlight, follow the steps below:

1. On your keyboard, press Command + Space keys to launch Spotlight.
2. In the search bar, type in: Terminal

Open Terminal using Spotlight

3. Then, click on the Enter key. A Terminal window will appear.

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Open Terminal From The Launchpad

Launchpad is like an app menu. You can view all your apps and utilities, rearrange, organize in folders and open them.

To open Terminal using Launchpad, follow the steps below:

1. Go to your Mac's Dock and on the right section of it locate Launchpad. It's usually next to Finder.
2. Click on the Launchpad icon, and a grid with applications and utilities will appear.

Open Launchpad

3. Utilities are usually in a separate folder called "Other". Click on it to see the folder content.

Open Other folder

4. Locate the Terminal and click on it to open.

Open Terminal using Launchpad

You'll be taken back to the desktop, and a Terminal window will appear.

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Open Terminal in Recovery Mode

By opening Terminal in Recovery Mode, you get more customization options as some commands can only be executed in the Recovery Mode.

To open Terminal in Recovery Mode, follow the steps below:

1. Shut down your Mac.
2. Then, boot your Mac and simultaneously hold down Command + R keys on your keyboard.
3. Select "Utilities" and click on "Terminal" to open the Terminal window.

Open Terminal in Recovery Mode

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We hope this article was helpful!

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