How to Switch to Virtual Console on Ubuntu

Virtual Console is a command-line or no-GUI approach for doing stuffs. Virtual console and terminal are basically same thing. Difference is: in virtual console, there’s no GUI. You sign out from GUI and sign into virtual console. And terminal resides in GUI. It works staying in the GUI environment. But both serve the same purpose. Virtual console has an advantage over terminal is, when the GUI crashes, you can switch to virtual console to fix that.
You can switch to virtual console by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2. You don’t have to login again since you’re already logged in and just switched to the virtual console environment.
When you’re done with the virtual console, just type exit and you’d be back in the normal GUI environment. You can press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to switch back to GUI instead.
In fact F1-F6, six virtual consoles are available for use cases. F1 is specially used for debugging and log output; you don’t want to use it for normal purpose.


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