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Key bindings for the Micro Text Editor

Navigation

Arrow Keys
 
Move the cursor around
Shift + Arrow Keys
 
Move the cursor and select text
Alt + Left Arrow
Ctrl + Left Arrow
Move to the beginning of the current line
Alt + Right Arrow
Ctrl + Right Arrow
Move to the end of the current line
Home
 
Move cursor to the beginning of the current line
End
 
Move cursor to the end of the current line
Ctrl + Home
Ctrl + Up Arrow
Move cursor to the beginning of the file
Ctrl + End
Ctrl + Down Arrow
Move cursor to the end of the file
Ctrl + Left Arrow
Alt + Left Arrow
Move cursor one word left
Ctrl + Right Arrow
Alt + Right Arrow
Move cursor one word right
Alt + {
 
Move cursor to previous empty line, or beginning of document
Alt + }
 
Move cursor to next empty line, or end of document
Page Up
 
Move cursor up one page
Page Down
 
Move cursor down one page
Ctrl + L
 
Jump to a line in the file (prompts with #)
Ctrl + W
 
Cycle between splits in the current tab (use > vsplit or > hsplit to create a split)

Emacs style actions

Alt + F
Next word
Alt + B
Previous word
Alt + A
Move to the start of the line
Alt + E
Move to the end of the line
 

Find Operations

Ctrl + F
Find (opens prompt)
Ctrl + N
Find next instance of current search
Ctrl + P
Find previous instance of current search

File Operations

Ctrl + Q
Close current file (quits micro if this is the last file open)
Ctrl + O
Open a file (prompts for filename)
Ctrl + S
Save current file

Micro Tabs

Ctrl + T
Open a new tab
Alt + ,
Previous tab
Alt + .
Next tab

Macros

Ctrl + U
Toggle macro recording (press Ctrl+U to start recording and press again to stop)
Ctrl + J
Run latest recorded macro

Other Functions

Ctrl + G
Open help file
Ctrl + E
Open a command prompt for running commands (see > help commands for a list of valid commands).
Ctrl + H
Backspace (old terminals do not support the backspace key and use Ctrl+H instead)
Ctrl + R
Toggle the line number ruler
Tab
In command prompt, it will autoco­mplete if possible.
Ctrl + B
Run a shell command (this will close micro while your command executes).
 

Text Operations

Ctrl + Shift + Right Arrow
Alt + Shift + Right Arrow
Select word right
Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow
Alt + Shift + Left Arrow
Select word left
Alt + Shift + Left Arrow
Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow
Select to start of current line
Alt + Shift + Right Arrow
Ctrl + Shift + Right Arrow
Select to end of current line
Shift + Home
 
Select to start of current line
Shift + End
 
Select to end of current line
Ctrl + Shift + Up Arrow
 
Select to start of file
Ctrl + Shift + Down Arrow
 
Select to end of file
Ctrl + X
 
Cut selected text
Ctrl + C
 
Copy selected text
Ctrl + V
 
Paste
Ctrl + K
 
Cut the current line
Ctrl + D
 
Duplicate the current line
Ctrl + Z
 
Undo
Ctrl + Y
 
Redo
Alt + Up Arrow
 
Move the current line up
Alt + Down Arrow
 
Move the current line down
Alt + Backspace
Alt + Ctrl + H
Delete word left
Ctrl + A
 
Select all

Function keys

F1
Open help
F2
Save
F3
Find
F4
Quit
F7
Find
F10
Quit
Warning! The function keys may not work in all terminals!

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