The graphical desktop offers access to a shell prompt, an application that allows you to type commands to control your interface instead of using a graphical interface for all computing needs. While this book focuses on performing tasks using the graphical interface and graphical tools, it is sometimes useful and faster to perform tasks from a shell prompt. Refer to Chapter 8 for more details.
You can open a shell prompt by clicking the Main Menu button and choosing System Tools > Terminal. You can also start a shell prompt by double-clicking the Start Here icon, then Applications, then System Tools, and finally Terminal.
To exit a terminal window, do one of the following:
Click the X button on the upper-right corner of the window.
Type exit at the prompt.
Press Ctrl-D at the prompt.