Nithin Bekal

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Terminal Shortcuts

18 Apr 2015

Some shortcuts to use while working in the terminal:

Ctrl-A  Go to start of line
Ctrl-E  Go to end of line
Ctrl-L  Clear screen without clearing current line
Ctrl-R  Search previous commands
Ctrl-W  Delete one word
Ctrl-U  Delete back to start of line
Ctrl-Z  Move currently running command to bg (bring it back using `fg`)

Esc-B   Move back one word
Esc-F   Move forward one word
Esc-U   Make current word uppercase


Hi, I’m Nithin Bekal, a software craftsman with over 7 years of experience in shipping web applications. I mostly use Ruby, but lately have also been exploring Elixir. Co-founder of, and helping organize Rubyconf India. Tweet to me at @nithinbekal.