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    How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    Ubuntu 18.04.02 (using it as desktop)

    If my system freezes or hangs, and I know what's probably killing it (usually chrome, right), how can I kill it and then get back into the gui?

    I know I can get Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to drop out of the gui and I've been a developer for 20 years so I know how to run ps and killall etc.

    My question is how do I get back into gui after Ctrl-Alt-F1? I don't want to start a new session I want the same session just switch me back to the desktop after I killed stuff.

    I couldn't find the needle in the haystack when I google- everything I found about Ctrl-Alt-F1 (or f2,f3,f4, for multiple virtual terminals, etc), just told me how to restart the system and/or session after I drop to terminal. No, I want to stay in the the same session, just switch back to the GUI after I've killed chrome.

    Thanks

    d

    ps does anyone else have the problem in this form field where you double click a word to select it and when you start typing it does nothing (doesn't start replacing the selected text? This is the only site that does that it's so annoying...

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    Re: How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    Alt-F7 normally gets you back to the the GUI (assuming it's working and able to re-draw).

    No problem with double-click and type to replace words here (i.e. in this reply). But that's with Firefox on Xubuntu.

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    Re: How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    I have found there are times when ctrl+alt+f7 doesn't switch back to desktop, but in most of these occasions ctrl+alt+f8 works (it's as if it restarts using the next... I've not bothered looking at why, nor detected when/why it occurs as it's only rarely occurring..).

    Yeah I have issues where I highlight a word (using mouse) on this screen/site, and I cannot type to replace the word, but can press <del> to delete word & type away. Again i didn't explore why, just worked around it. (FYI: I"m using chromium snap usually)

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    Re: How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    In Ubuntu 18.04, there has been an alteration to the access of a tty.

    You now have to use Ctrl Alt F3 up to Ctrl Alt F6 to reach a tty
    Ctrl Alt F2 or Alt F2 will return you to the graphical desktop.

    Info found here https://askubuntu.com/questions/1033...w-to-leave-gui

    First answer by Stuart Caie is relevant.

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    Re: How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    Ok hold on- I don't mean that I want to drop out of the session; I mean I want to drop to a raw terminal shell. I was wrong- I thought ctrl-alt-f1 gets me to a terminal but no, it just gets me back to the session login screen. How do I get to a raw terminal screen? No GUI windows; the raw black background white text terminal?

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    Re: How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by david503 View Post
    Ok hold on- I don't mean that I want to drop out of the session; I mean I want to drop to a raw terminal shell. I was wrong- I thought ctrl-alt-f1 gets me to a terminal but no, it just gets me back to the session login screen. How do I get to a raw terminal screen? No GUI windows; the raw black background white text terminal?
    You've already got the answer to that. vt1 to 7 is accessed by Ctrl-Alt-F1 to -F7. It used to be the case that the graphical environment was on 7, then it was the case that it was on 1, and now, apparently, it's on 2 with the login screen on 1. The other vts are text TTYs.

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    Re: How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    No that's not happening. Right now if I type Crtl-Alt-esc, I get to a (GIU) login to return to shell. Not a raw terminal.

    I know you're going to say "no but I said Ctl-Alt-f1".

    Ok so If I do Ctrl-Alt-F1. Nothing happens. Nothing. Or ok now it's F2? : "Ctrl-Alt-f2" Or "Ctrl-Alt-f3"Or "Ctrl-Alt-f4"Or "Ctrl-Alt-f5" Nothing happens.

    I mean even if I switch to other applications, or just to gnome desktop by itself; nothing happens.

    Perhaps I should've phrased the question as "how do I get out of GUI to a raw terminal window and then get back in".

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    Re: How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    On my machine, Ctl-Alt-F7 still returns me to the GUI desktop after using Ctl-Alt-F(3 through 6 or so) to open a TTY. I'm running Lubuntu 18.04 with current updates. I suppose different Desktop Environments could behave differently now; I haven't used others lately.
    Reminder: If you start a thread asking for help with a problem, please remember to use the Thread Tools to mark the issue as "SOLVED" once you have a solution. This will help other people with the same problem when they search for answers.

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    Re: How do I get back from Ctrl-Alt-F1 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoebusNet View Post
    On my machine, Ctl-Alt-F7 still returns me to the GUI desktop after using Ctl-Alt-F(3 through 6 or so) to open a TTY.
    On my Xubuntu 19.10 laptop too (and ctrl+alt+F{1,2} also give the command line), but that may be because it was release-upgraded all the way from 16.10. Fresh installs may be different.

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