How to Open the Terminal on a Mac

Top 4 Ways to Open the Terminal on a Mac

You will need to dig deep into system settings, fix common errors and bugs, or make any changes to the OS, this is where the terminal enters step by step. As you probably know, Windows Mac's terminal is a command-line system, similar to Mac's terminal "Command Prompt", a default app embedded with macOS that allows you to quickly take control of the system. Thus, it offers you text-based access to the operating system. Using the terminal, you can run and execute commands and perform developer-level tasks on your Mac.

In this post, we've listed 4 unique ways to open a Mac terminal. Without further ado, let's learn how to use Terminal on MacOS.

How to open a terminal on a Mac

1. Using Spotlight Search

One of the fastest ways to open a Mac terminal is by using spotlight search. Mac's Spotlight Search lets you quickly access apps, documents, emails, photos, videos, or any other item stored on your device. Well, wait there's more. You can even use Spotlight Search to get updates about the weather, traffic conditions and other real-time events.

To use Spotlight Search to launch the terminal, follow these steps:
Press the magnifier icon in the top menu bar.
Alternatively, you can hit the "Command + Space" key combination to use Spotlight Search on MacOS.
In the Spotlight Search window, type "terminal" and press the return key to launch the app.

2. Through the launchpad

Launchpad is another easy way to find and open apps on your Mac. So, yes, you can also use the Mac's launchpad to open the Mac's terminal. By default, the launchpad icon (rocket-shaped) is docked for easy access.

Tap the launchpad icon in the dock, or press the F4 key to open the launchpad.
Once the launchpad opens, use its search bar to search the terminal. Press the return key to activate the terminal.

3. Use the Applications folder

The third unique way to open a Mac terminal is to navigate through the Mac's Applications folder. You can go to the application folder location using Go> Finder.

In the Applications folder, tap "Utilities."
A new window will appear on the screen. Look for "Terminal" in the list utility icons and then double-tap on it to start the terminal.

4. Use Siri

Okay, yes, here is a useful tip if you like to use Siri to perform simple tasks on Mac.
Activate Siri on MacOS and use the microphone to loudly say the "Open Terminal" command to start the terminal.

Add a terminal icon to your Mac's dock

If you use the terminal frequently, you can add a terminal icon or its shortcut to the dock for easy access.
To add a terminal icon to your Mac's dock, follow these steps:

Use Spotlight Search to locate the Mac's Terminal app. Right-click on its icon and then select "Options" and then tap on "Dock".

Once you follow these steps, the terminal icon for automatic access will be automatically added to your Mac's dock. So, now whenever you need to use Mac's Terminal app, you can instantly open it with one click.
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