Shortcut Keys on Linux

Shortcut Keys on Linux


I have found some useful shortcut keys for Linux!
# / – root directory

# ./ – current directory

# ./command_name – run a command in the current directory when the current directory is not on the path

# ../ – parent directory

# ~ – home directory

# $ – typical prompt when logged in as ordinary user

# # – typical prompt when logged in as root or superuser

# ! – repeat specified command

# !! – repeat previous command

# ^^ – repeat previous command with substitution

# & – run a program in background mode

# [Tab][Tab] – prints a list of all available commands. This is just an example of autocomplete with no restriction on the first letter.

# x[Tab][Tab] – prints a list of all available completions for a command, where the beginning is “x”

# [Alt][Ctrl][F1] – switch to the first virtual text console

# [Alt][Ctrl][Fn] – switch to the nth virtual text console. Typically, there are six on a Linux PC system.

# [Alt][Ctrl][F7] – switch to the first GUI console, if there is one running. If the graphical console freezes, one can switch to a nongraphical console, kill the process that is giving problems, and switch back to the graphical console using this shortcut.

# [ArrowUp] – scroll through the command history (in bash)

# [Shift][PageUp] – scroll terminal output up. This also works at the login prompt, so you can scroll through your boot messages.

# [Shift][PageDown] – scroll terminal output down

# [Ctrl][Alt][ ] – switch to next X server resolution (if the server is set up for more than one resolution)

# [Ctrl][Alt][-] – change to previous X server resolution

# [Ctrl][Alt][BkSpc] – kill the current X server. Used when normal exit is not possible.

# [Ctrl][Alt][Del] – shut down the system and reboot

# [Ctrl]c – kill the current process

# [Ctrl]d – logout from the current terminal

# [Ctrl]s – stop transfer to current terminal

# [Ctrl]q – resume transfer to current terminal. This should be tried if the terminal stops responding.

# [Ctrl]z – send current process to the background

# reset – restore a terminal to its default settings

# [Leftmousebutton] – Hold down left mouse button and drag to highlight text. Releasing the button copies the region to the text buffer under X and (if gpm is installed) in console mode.

# [Middlemousebutton] – Copies text from the text buffer and inserts it at the cursor location. With a two-button mouse, click on both buttons simultaneously. It is necessary for three-button emulation to be enabled, either under gpm or in XF86Config.




  1. Freestyler

    Very handy and helpful shortcut keys on Linux there. Definitely will make things work faster. Thanks for sharing Alan.

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