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If you are a fan of the Terminator terminal emulator for Linux we will now take a deep look at all the available preferences. This terminal emulator is one of the heavy-weights, but there are loads of settings to play with.
Finding Your Settings
You can find the Terminator terminal emulator preferences option by right clicking on the main window. Terminator holds several preferences, all preferences have been categorized by tabs inside the preferences window.
The following options can be found in the global options tab inside the Terminator terminal emulator preferences dialog.
Users can change how the mouse is used to switch between Terminator sub-windows, the available choices are click to focus, Gnome default, or mouse pointer focus.
Terminal Separator Size
You can change the size of the gap between your terminal sub-windows, just move the slider.
Window Geometry Hints
Toggle this option to window sizes when reshaping windows.
You can even change the default Terminator window state with this option, the available options are normal, hidden, maximized, and fullscreen.
Use this option to toggle the display of window borders.
The default position for opened tabs can be changed as well, top, bottom, left, or right are the options you can choose.
Users can change the foreground color of focused terminals, inactive terminals, and receiving terminals.
You can also change the background color of all of the same areas.
Next is the profiles tab where you can add, remove, or change user profiles.
This tab contains a small sections for general options which can be seen below.
Use The System Fixed Width Font
When this option is toggled the Terminator window will use the default system fixed width font. If this option of toggled off you will have the ability to choose your own font and font size from the drop down menu.
Allow Bold Text
Use this option to allow bold text in the main Terminator window.
Show Title Bar
Individual sub-windows can have the title bar hidden if you toggle this option off.
Here you can specify characters or groups of characters that Terminator will consider to be words.
You can change the shape of the blinking text cursor with this option, you can choose block, underline, or what they call an I-beam, a pipe I would guess.
The color of the blinking text cursor can also be changed.
Toggle this option on or off to allow blinking of the the text cursor.
When you toggle this option an icon will appear in sub-windows which have changed since the last time they were highlighted.
Toggle this option to see a visual flash for sub-windows which need your attention.
Use this to turn on a system beep that you can hear when a sub-window needs your attention.
Window List Flash
Toggle this option if you want the Terminator open window panel button to flash when Terminator makes any changes.
This tab also contains the following command options.
Run Command As A Login Shell
With this option you can force the command the currently runs inside the terminal to run as a login shell, if the command is not a shell the setting will not have an effect.
Update Login Records When Command Is Launched
If you toggle this option a new entry will be inserted into the login records when a new shell is opened.
Run A Custom Command Instead Of My Shell
With this option you can specify a command other than the shell to run when Terminator is started.
You can also find many color options inside the profiles tab, these options are listed below.
Use Colors From System Theme
Toggle this option if you would like to use the default colors from your system theme for the main Terminator window.
Built In Background Foreground Schemes
Use the drop down menu to select from many of the available default color schemes.
You can use the color palette to select your own text color for the Terminator window.
Or you can change the background color of the Terminator window.
Built In Palette Schemes
Choose from many of the built in color schemes for a full color overhaul.
You can also use the color palettes to change the colors for individual parts of the terminator window.
Here are some of the background options that can be found in the profiles tab.
Use this option if you would like to use the standard solid background color.
With this option you will be able to select a background image to use for the Terminator window.
Background Image Scrolls
When you toggle this option you will be able to scroll the Terminator background image.
Use this option if you want a transparent background for the Terminator window, use the slider to adjust the opacity.
Next you will find all of the scrolling options.
You can move the scrollbar to the right side or the left side of the main menu, it can also be disabled completely.
Use this to change how many lines you can scroll back in the Terminator window, default is 500 lines.
Toggle this option if you want the scroll history to remember everything that has happened in the Terminator window for each session.
Scroll On Output
When running long commands or actions the current Terminator session will scroll displaying the processes of the action.
Scroll On Keystroke
Use this option to scroll manually with the arrow keys or keyboard shortcuts.
Use Keystrokes To Scroll On Alternate Screen
This option will allow you to scroll on inactive Terminator sub-windows with the keyboard.
In this tab you can customize the functions of the backspace and delete keyboard keys, you can also reset these options.
From the layouts tab you can customize the layout of your Terminator window and how your child sessions are organized. You can also save these layouts as simple profiles which can be changed at any time.
Here you can view and change all of your Terminator key-bindings. There are several key-bindings for you to use by default and they can all be customized.
This is where you can manage all of your Terminator plug-ins if you have any installed.
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