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Keep a library of Terminal settings

Contributed by: Scot Hacker
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

You’ve probably noticed the option under the Terminal Settings menus labeled “Save As Settings File.” So you can tweak out the perfect Terminal configuration and save it as a settings file for a quick future reference. Unfortunately you can’t load Terminal settings files on the fly. However, you can load new terminal windows with different settings in two ways:

1) Let’s say you saved your settings file to /boot/home/SkyTerminal_23. Now open up the /boot/home/config/settings folder and find the file called Terminal. Rename it to Terminal.old. Then copy /boot/home/ SkyTerminal23 to /boot/home/config/settings/Terminal.

Close and restart Terminal and your settings file will be retrieved. If this is something you might want to do often, download the TermSet shell script, which will allow you to retrieve all of your alternate settings files from the command line by simply typing “termset colorname.” It will also allow you to run multiple Terminal windows in different colors, for quick identification.

2) If you save multiple Terminal settings files in a directory, you can simply double-click the settings files to launch a Terminal with those parameters. You might want to create a link to this folder on your Desktop for easy access. Remember that you can also toggle between your open Terminal windows with Alt+G!

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