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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bash Shell, X, & Firefox Shortcuts

As I was writing a script, I noticed that I pressed Shift-PageUp without even thinking about it. Then I realized that there are a lot of shortcuts we take for granted as Sysadmins. I thought it would be helpful to share some of them.

This is not a comprehensive list, but a few shortcuts I find myself using all the time.

Bash Shell shortcuts

  • Shift-PageUp / PageDown See more of the screen

  • Ctrl-a, Ctrl-e Move to beginning / end of line

  • up & down arrows See bash history

  • !! / !$ Execute the previous command / parameter

  • !n Execute the nth command in history

  • Ctrl-D Logout, or exit

  • Ctrl-u, Ctrl-h, Ctrl-b Delete previous char, or entire line

  • Alt-F1 to Alt-F7 Switch to another console

  • —see also: using-bash-history, and all bash posts

X shortcuts

  • Ctrl-Alt-Backspace Force X to reset

  • Alt-tab Switch to a different application

  • gnome-terminal:

    • Ctrl-Shift-t Open a new tab

    • Ctrl-PageUp / PageDown Switch between terms

    • (Ctrl)-Alt-F1 to F7 Switch to another console (Ctrl while in X)

Firefox shortcuts

  • Ctrl-Click / Shift-ClickOpen link in new tab / window

  • Ctrl-PageDown Goto next tab

  • Ctrl-t New tab

  • Alt-Home Goto home page

  • Esc Stop flash animations from playing

  • Ctrl-Shift-t Re-open a Recently Closed tab

There is a nice shortcut list at, organized by key bindings

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