Quick terminal tip

voter101 profile image Wiktor Mociun ・1 min read

There is one small thing that made my life as a software developer a little better. And not many people seem to know about it.

The trick is hotkey terminal window. It is basically an additional terminal window that is always visible, and you can show/hide it using a keyboard shortcut.

Additional window!

This additional window seemed to be really handy as a code scratchpad or dedicated man window. It is so convenient that I sometimes use it as themain terminal.

I believe this feature should be available on most platforms. I personally use iTerm2 (Mac only, sorry) and it has this functionality built-in. In my case, the new window show/hide up after I press CTRL two times.

Setup hotkey window in iTerm2<br>

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Wiktor Mociun


Remote software developer working mainly with React.js, TypeScript and Ruby on Rails. Currently working at Pilot.co


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On Linux I use yakuake, a dropdown terminal for kde. It supports also splitting, very practical.