Published January 21, 2018 by

Key Board Shortcuts for Linux System and File Explorer

Here some keyboard shortcuts can make your Linux uses more easy and effective.

For Bash/Terminal

Key Combination
Up/down cursor key
Scroll through command history
Ctrl + left/right arrow
Move cursor from word to word
Tab Button
Auto complete command or filename/path
Ctrl+ A
Move to beginning of line
Ctrl + E
Move to end of line
Ctrl + W + Backspace
Delete word behind cursor
Alt + D
Delete word in front of cursor
Ctrl + U
Delete beginning of line
Ctrl + K
Delete to end of line
Ctrl + Y
Restore text you’ve deleted
Ctrl + L
Clear screen/Terminal
Ctrl + C
Quit current Program/Process
Ctrl + Z
Switch current program to background
Ctrl + R
Search through command history
Ctrl + D
Ctrl + T
Swap the two characters behind cursor

For File Explorer/System

Key Combination
Alt + left arrow
Move back in the file browsing history
Alt + right arrow
Move forward in the file browsing history
Alt + up arrow
Switch to the parent folder of the one you’re currently in
Ali + Home button
Switch to the user’s /home folder
Ctrl + Alt + enter
Show properties of selected file/folder
Ctrl + Shift+ N
Create new folder
Ctrl + Alt+ T
Open Terminal
Ctrl + R
Refresh the file listing, showing any changes made since the listing appeared
Zoom In
Zoom Out
Ctrl + 0 (Zero)
Zoom to Default
Ctrl + W
Quit file browsing window
Shift + Ctrl + W
Quit all file browsing window
Ctrl + N
New browsing window
Ctrl + D
Add current location as bookmark
Ctrl + B
Edit bookmark
Ctrl + T
New Tab
Ctrl + A
Select All files
Ctrl + O
Open selected file/folder
Ctrl + H
Show/hide hidden files
Ctrl + L
Go to location
Ctrl + 1
Switch to icon view
Ctrl + 2
Switch to list view
Ctrl + 3
Switch to compact view
Rename selected file/folder
Show/hide side pane
Delete file/folder (Move to Trash)
Shift + Delete
Permanently delete file/folder