Arch Linux keyboard shortcuts

Arch Linux

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
14 months ago
- Shortcuts
    These shortcuts are used to recover or debug an unresponsive system.  To use these, they must first be activated with either sysctl kernel.sysrq=1 or echo "1" > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq. If you wish to have it enabled during boot, edit /etc/sysctl.d/99-sysctl.conf and insert the text kernel.sysrq = 1
Alt + Sys Rq + R

Take control of keyboard back from X

Alt + Sys Rq + E

Send SIGTERM to all processes, allowing them to terminate gracefully

Alt + Sys Rq + I

Send SIGKILL to all process, forcing them to terminate immediately

Alt + Sys Rq + S

Sync - Flush data to disk

Alt + Sys Rq + U

Unmount - Unmound and remount all file systems read-only

Alt + Sys Rq + B


    On Lenovo laptops SysRq is often configured as Fn+S. To use it press and hold Alt then press Fn+s, release Fn and s still holding Alt followed by the keys above.
    You may need to press Ctrl along with Alt. So for example, full key shortcut would be Ctrl+Alt+SysRq+b
Ctrl + Alt + Del

Reboots Computer (specified by the symlink /usr/lib/systemd/system/

Alt + F1

(F2, F3, …) Switch to n-th virtual console

Alt +

Switch to previous virtual console

Alt +

Switch to next virtual console

Scroll Lock

When Scroll Lock is activated, input/output is locked

Shift + Page Up

Scroll console buffer up

Shift + Page Down

Scroll console buffer down

Ctrl + C

Kills current task

Ctrl + D

Inserts an EOF

Ctrl + Z

Pauses current task

Ctrl + L

Clear the screen

Ctrl + B

Move cursor one character to the left

Ctrl + F

Move cursor one character to the right

Alt + B

Move cursor one word to the left

Alt + F

Move cursor one word to the right

Ctrl + A

Move cursor to start of the line

Ctrl + E

Move cursor to end of the line

Ctrl + U

Cut everything from line start to cursor

Ctrl + K

Cut everything from the cursor to end of the line

Alt + D

Cut the current word after the cursor

Ctrl + W

Cut the current word before the cursor

Ctrl + Y

Paste the previous cut text

Alt + Y

Paste the second latest cut text

Alt + Ctrl + Y

Paste the first argument of the previous command

Alt + ./_

Paste the last argument of the previous command

Ctrl + P

Move to the previous line

Ctrl + N

Move to the next line

Ctrl + S


Ctrl + R

Reverse search

Ctrl + J

End search

Ctrl + G

Abort search (restores original line)

Alt + R

Restore all changes made to line

⭾ Tab

Auto-complete a name

Alt + ?

List all possible completions

Alt + *

Insert all possible completions

Ctrl + Alt + F1

(F2, F3, …) Switch to n-th virtual console. If it doesn't work, try  Ctrl + Fn + Alt + F

↑   Shift + Insert

Paste text from the PRIMARY buffer

    Note: By default, Qt maps Shift+Insert to CLIPBOARD instead of the PRIMARY buffer and Ctrl+Shift+Insert is mapped to the PRIMARY buffer.
    Source: ArchWiki

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Program name: Arch Linux Arch Linux (General)

Arch Linux is a Linux distribution that follows KISS principle ("keep it simple, stupid"). The distribution focuses on elegance, minimalism, simplicity and code correctness.

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