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CHVT(1) General Commands Manual CHVT(1)

chvt - change foreground virtual terminal

chvt N

The command chvt N makes /dev/ttyN the foreground terminal. (The corresponding screen is created if it did not exist yet. To get rid of unused VTs, use deallocvt(1).) The key combination (Ctrl-)LeftAlt-FN (with N in the range 1-12) usually has a similar effect.
26 January 1997