How to Open Terminal on a MacBook

By J.T. Barett

The OS X system software provided with every MacBook includes Terminal, a program that accepts typed commands. Terminal is a handy program for changing settings and solving technical problems. You open Terminal much the same way you would any program on the Mac -- from the Finder, Launchpad or Spotlight. Keep in mind that Terminal is a powerful tool -- one that can damage your Mac software if not used with care.

From Finder

Click the **Finder** icon in the Dock. Click **Applications** in the Favorites list. Find the **Utilities** folder and click to open it. Locate **Terminal** and double-click the icon to open the program.

From Launchpad

Click the **Launchpad** icon to open the screen of application programs. Find the **Other** icon and click to open it. The Mac displays a set of OS X utility programs including Stickies, Activity Monitor and Time Machine. Locate the icon for the **Terminal** program and click it. As an alternative, click the **text area** next to the **magnifying glass** icon in Launchpad and type **terminal**. Launchpad locates and displays the **Terminal** icon -- a handy time-saver if your MacBook has many programs. Click the icon to open the program.

From Spotlight

Click the **Spotlight** magnifying glass icon. In the text field that opens, type **terminal**. Spotlight displays a list of matches for the word "terminal" including the program. Click the entry for **Terminal** to open it.

Closing Terminal

To quit the Terminal program, right-click the **Terminal** icon in the Dock and click on **Quit**. You can also click the **Terminal** pull-down menu and select the **Quit Terminal** entry or press the **Command - Q** keyboard shortcut.