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 +===== Virtual terminal/​console =====
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 +A virtual terminal or as sometimes referred to as the console is a command line environment that exists outside of your graphical user interface.
 + 
 +===== Why use virtual terminals =====
 + 
 +many people still prefer to work day to day in a virtual terminal for email, chat and even media players. The same functionality is still available through the Gnome Desktop using Gnome-terminal to simulate a virtual terminal and to run the same applications.
 + 
 +A console can also be utilised if something has gone wrong and you need to kill a process, read logs for troubleshooting or to remotely access other machines using SSH.
 + 
 +===== How do I find a virtual terminal =====
 + 
 +To access a virtual terminal environment press any of:
 +  Control + Alt + F1
 +Control + Alt + F2
 +Control + Alt + F3
 +Control + Alt + F4
 +Control + Alt + F5
 +Control + Alt + F6
 + 
 +Any of the 6 virtual terminals will print the Vinux version, the hostname of your machine and the virtual terminal number such as:
 +  Vinux 4.0 LTS Gigabyte tty1
 + 
 +Prompting for login: which is asking for your username, a valid user account must be provided on your machine to successfully login.
 +Then you will be asked for a password, please note that as usual both are case sensative and there will be no indication that you are typing when inputting characters for your password.
 + 
 +===== How do I find the Desktop again =====
 + 
 +If you wish to return to your Desktop environment you may do so by pressing:
 +  Control + Alt + F7
 +  Control + Alt + F8 [if more than one user is logged into the Desktop]
 +  Alt + left/right arrow key until finding the Desktop
 +