Here is another Quake-chat style drop down terminal emulator, Guake has lots of features as well. Guake preferences also allow for several keyboard shortcuts, different color schemes, or transparency.
Other Terminal Choices
There are a few different drop-down style terminals to choose from, they are becoming well known for reducing desktop clutter. If you don’t like Guake, Tilda is another great choice to try, these are both excellent options if your are bored with the traditional terminal window that you see every day.
This is how you can install Guake from the Linux command line today.
$ sudo apt-get install guake
The Guake terminal emulator interface is extremely simple and contains no visible menu buttons. There is a simple drop down terminal window that functions with a keyboard shortcut, and there is a small tab bar across the bottom of the window. The interface does have several customization options to help with the interface. New tabs will appear in the tab bar when they are opened.
The Guake menu is not visibly displayed by default but you can reach it by right clicking on the Guake window background. The following actions and items are contained in the Guake terminal emulator menu.
This option will open the Guake terminal emulator preferences dialog.
Use this to copy paste to the clipboard.
This will paste text from the clipboard into Guake.
Use this to close the currently opened Guake tab.
Use this to close the Guake window and quit all related processes.
The following settings can be found in the Guake preferences window.
The first tab inside the Guake preferences window is for your general settings, this tab contains the following options.
Here you can select the default shell used when launching Guake. You can choose SH, DASH, BASH, RBASH, Screen, Python, or other shells available on your system.
Run Command As A Login Shell
Hell, I’m still trying to figure out what this does, so someone fill me in.
Open New Tab In Current Directory
Provides a Nautilus action allowing you to open a Guake terminal to the current folder.
Show Tray Icon
Toggle this option to display the Guake system tray icon.
Enable Popup Notifications On Startup
This option will display a pop-up window notifying you when Guake is launched, the default keyboard shortcut will also be displayed.
Prompt On Quit
Toggle this option if you wish to be prompted when closing Guake.
Stay On Top
This will cause the Guake main window to always remain on top of other windows when being displayed.
Hide On Lose Focus
Toggle this option if you want the main window to disappear when you click on another window.
Show Tab Bar
This will cause the bottom tab bar to always be displayed when the main Guake window is open, allowing you to switch tabs with ease.
Main Window Height
You can simply move the slider bar to adjust the main Guake window height.
The next tab contains several options for window scrolling when using Guake. You can find the options below inside the scrolling settings tab.
You can toggle the display of the scrollbar in the main Guake window.
You can choose the amount of lines of output you are able to scroll back in the terminal window.
This option is elusive, I cannot figure it out.
On Key Stroke
Toggle this to jump whole pages at a time using Shift + Page Up/Page Down.
The next tall will hold all of your Guake appearance settings. From here you can change the look of your interface.
Use System Defaults
Toggle this to use the system default fonts.
Choose your font and font size.
You can select your own font color as well.
The main window background color can be adjusted to your preferences.
Use the slider to adjust the main window transparency.
You can browse your file system for an image to use as the main window background.
Keyboard Shortcuts Tab
All keyboard shortcuts can be changed, the defaults are listed below.
Toggle Guake Visibility
This shortcut will display the Guake window, or hide it from view.
If you want to display Guake in full screen mode use the next shortcut.
Use this shortcut if you want to quit Guake.
Shift + Ctrl + Q
To open a new tab use the shortcut below.
Shift + Ctrl + T
This will close the current tab.
Shift + Ctrl + W
Rename Current Tab
You can rename the current tab with the next shortcut.
Go To Previous Tab
With the shortcut below you can switch to the previous tab.
Ctrl + Page Up
Go To Next Tab
This will switch to the next tab.
Ctrl + Page Down
Copy Text To Clipboard
You can copy selected text to the clipboard with this.
Shift + Ctrl + C
Paste Text From Clipboard
This will paste text from the clipboard.
Shift + Ctrl + V
The compatibility tab contains a few keyboard compatibility options.