How to Reset Terminal on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you having trouble with your Terminal on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of resetting the Terminal on your Mac to its default settings. Whether you are experiencing performance issues or simply want to start fresh, this step-by-step guide will help you get your Terminal back on track.

Step 1: Open Terminal

To begin, open the Terminal application on your Mac. You can do this by either using Spotlight search (Command + Space) and typing “Terminal” or by navigating to Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal.

Step 2: Access Preferences

Once you have the Terminal application open, click on the “Terminal” tab located in the top menu bar. From the drop-down menu, select “Preferences”. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Command + Comma (,).

Step 3: Resetting Terminal

In the Preferences window that appears, navigate to the “Profiles” tab. Here, you will see a list of profiles on the left-hand side. Select your preferred profile or the one that you wish to reset.

Note: If you want to reset all profiles at once, select any profile and press Command + A to select all profiles.

To reset your selected profile(s), click on the small gear icon at the bottom-left corner of the window. From the drop-down menu, choose “Reset” and then confirm by selecting “Reset Now”.

Alternative Method:

If you prefer using commands in Terminal itself instead of going through Preferences, here is an alternative method:

  1. Quit Terminal:
    • Type exit or press Command + Q to quit Terminal.
  2. Delete Preference Files:
    • Type or copy-paste the following command and press Enter:
    • rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Terminal.plist
  3. Relaunch Terminal:
    • Type open -a Terminal and press Enter to relaunch Terminal.

    Step 4: Verify Reset

    Your Terminal has now been reset to its default settings. To confirm, check if any changes you made previously have been reverted. You should now have a clean slate to work with.

    Note: Keep in mind that resetting your Terminal will remove any customizations or preferences you had previously set. If you want to retain specific settings, make sure to take note of them before proceeding with the reset.

    In Conclusion

    Resetting your Terminal on a Mac is a simple process that can help resolve various issues or provide a fresh start. Whether you prefer using the Preferences menu or executing commands in Terminal itself, following these steps will ensure a smooth reset.

    We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of resetting your Mac’s Terminal. Now you can get back to using it without any obstacles!

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