iMac keyboard - Terminal keyboard shortcuts

If you use Terminal on your Mac for taking care of tasks with commands, then using keyboard shortcuts is a great way to do things quicker. From working with the window and tabs to editing commands to selecting and finding text, here’s a big list of keyboard shortcuts to help you zip around in Terminal.

The Terminal window and tabs

These keyboard shortcuts can help you navigate and take action with the Terminal window and tabs.

  • Open a new window: Command + N
  • Open a new window with the same command: Control + Command + N
  • Open a new tab: Command + T
  • Open a new tab with the same command: Control + Command + T
  • Show the tab bar: Shift + Command + T
  • Show tab overview: Shift + Command + \ (backslash)
  • Show Inspector: Command + I (capital letter “i”)
  • Next window: Command + ` (grave accent)
  • Previous window: Command + Shift + ~ (tilde)
  • Next tab: Control + Tab
  • Previous tab: Control + Shift + Tab
  • Close tab: Command + W
  • Close other tabs: Option + Command + W
  • Close window: Shift + Command + W
  • Close all: Option + Shift + Command + W

Navigating within the window and tabs

  • Scroll to the top: Command + Home (Fn + Left Arrow)
  • Scroll to the bottom: Command + End (Fn + Right Arrow)
  • Page up: Command + Page Up (Fn + Up Arrow)
  • Page down: Command + Page Down (Fn + Down Arrow)
  • Line up: Option + Command + Page Up (Fn + Up Arrow)
  • Line down: Option + Command + Page Down (Fn + Down Arrow)

Command line shortcuts

Work with your command lines easier with these shortcuts.

  • New command: Shift + Command + N
  • Move insertion point: Option + Move the pointer
  • Move insertion point to start of line: Control + A
  • Move insertion point to end of line: Control + E
  • Move insertion point forward: Right Arrow
  • Move insertion point backward: Left Arrow
  • Move insertion point forward one word: Option + Right Arrow
  • Move insertion point backward one word: Option + Left Arrow
  • Delete to the start of the line: Control + U
  • Delete to the end of the line: Control + K
  • Delete a character: Delete
  • Delete forward one character: Fn + Delete
  • Delete forward one word: Option + D
  • Delete backward one word: Control + W

Text keyboard shortcuts

Select or find text in the Terminal window with these keyboard shortcuts.

  • Select a word: Double-click the word
  • Select a line of text: Triple-click the line
  • Select a file path or URL: Shift + Command + Double-click the file path or URL
  • Select all: Command + A
  • Cut: Command + X
  • Copy: Command + C
  • Paste: Command + V
  • Find: Command + F
  • Find next: Command + G
  • Find previous: Command + Shift + G
  • Find with selected text: Command + E
  • Move to selected text: Command + J
  • Export text as: Command + S
  • Export selected text as: Shift + Command + S

Mark and bookmark shortcuts

Mark and unmark, insert bookmarks, clear, and more with these shortcuts.

  • Mark: Command + U
  • Mark a bookmark: Option + Command + U
  • Unmark: Shift + Command + U
  • Mark line and return: Command + Return
  • Return without marking: Shift + Command + Return
  • Insert bookmark: Shift + Command + M
  • Insert bookmark with name: Option + Shift + Command + M
  • Move to the next mark: Command + Down Arrow
  • Move to the previous mark: Command + Up Arrow
  • Move to next bookmark: Option + Command + Down Arrow
  • Move to previous bookmark: Option + Command + Up Arrow
  • Clear to the previous mark: Command + L
  • Clear to the previous bookmark: Option + Command + L
  • Clear to the start: Command + K

Wrapping it up

Hopefully these keyboard shortcuts for Terminal on your Mac will help you increase your productivity. And for more, take a look at these shortcuts for Messages or these for Notes on Mac.

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