Some useful KeyBoard shortcuts for Linux CLI

Are you spending a lot of time at your Linux CLI (Command Line Interface)?

If you are spending more time with the CLI, please memorize the hotkeys explained below. This will increase the work speed and save a ton of your time in day-today life. Here I’m listing some interesting Linux CLI hotkeys to save your time.

Ctrl + A  : Go to the beginning of the line you are currently typing on
Ctrl + E  : Go to the end of the line you are currently typing on
Ctrl + L  : Clears the Screen, similar to the clear command
Ctrl + U  : Clears the line before the cursor position. If you are at the end of the line, clears the entire line.
Ctrl + H  : Same as backspace
Ctrl + R  : Let’s you search through previously used commands
Ctrl + C  : Kill whatever you are running
Ctrl + D  : Exit the current shell
Ctrl + Z  : Puts whatever you are running into a suspended background process.
Ctrl + W  : Delete the word before the cursor
Ctrl + K  : Clear the line after the cursor
Ctrl + T  : Swap the last two characters before the cursor
Esc + T   : Swap the last two words before the cursor
Alt + F   : Move cursor forward one word on the current line
Alt + B   : Move cursor backward one word on the current line
Tab       : Auto-complete files and folder names


That’s it!!

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Arunlal Ashok

SRE at EIG. Linux lover. Traveller. Father of two princesses.

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