Learn how to Customise Crostini Linux Terminal on a Chromebook

Would you like to customize the appearance and behavior of the terminal in Crostini Linux? Here's what you need to know.

If you're using Crostini on a Chromebook to work on Linux, you may be wondering how to change terminal settings like fonts, colors, or even terminal behavior.

Here in this article we will briefly explain how to adapt the Linux terminal to a Crostini Linux installation.

How to customize the Crostini Linux Terminal

You can access the menu to customize the terminal either by pressing your Chromebook's trackpad with two fingers, or by right-clicking on a two-button mouse and selecting the settings from the pop-up menu. Alternatively, you can accomplish the same thing by pressing Ctrl + Shift + P. on the keyboard.

The adjustment options for the terminal are then displayed in a menu.


You can change the appearance and theme of the terminal according to your needs on the Internet Look Section. There are already several topics to choose from if you don't want to bother with choosing fonts or colors. By default, the terminal uses the dark Theme.

You can also choose your own colors for the background and fonts either by choosing colors from the menu or by using hex codes for finer control. You can even use a picture you have on your Chromebook as a background.

With Crostini, users can choose the shape and behavior of their cursor, as well as whether the scroll bar is visible in the terminal window.

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keyboard and mouse

You can also set how your keyboard and mouse work in the terminal through the terminal Keyboard Mouse Section. You can change which keys control copy and paste and which keyboard shortcuts control tab behavior.

For example, Ctrl + Tab is enabled by default so that you can switch between tabs in the terminal.

Try the options to see what works for you.

Terminal behavior

You can have some other options in the behavior Section. You can have your terminal ring the terminal bell like other Linux terminal emulators allow. If you have difficulty hearing, you can use a visual indicator instead.

You can tweak the Crostini terminal

As with Linux in general, you don't have to take the Crostini terminal as it is. You can customize it to suit your needs. Learning some key commands to use in Crosh, the Chrome OS terminal, is important if you are new to Crostini Linux on Chromebook.

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