This is a feature that is a MUST for cinnamon. If you use Gnome, then this extension is worth everything it is called "Drop Down Terminal"
I use it with Gnome. For example, I hit F12, The terminal window opens half way downward, In this window I start a download with wget, or do things required in terminal mode. Once I start an action, I hit F12 again and the window scrolls up. restoring the screen to normal This is a wonderful toggle.