Linux screen keyboard shortcuts

  • Remote terminal session management (detaching or sharing terminal sessions)
  • unlimited windows (unlike the hardcoded number of Linux virtual consoles)
  • scrollback buffer (not limited to video memory like Linux virtual consoles)
  • copy/paste between windows
  • notification of either activity or inactivity in a window
  • split terminal (horizontally and vertically) into multiple regions
  • locking other users out of terminal

KeyActionNotes
Ctrl+a cnew window
Ctrl+a nnext windowI bind F12 to this
Ctrl+a pprevious windowI bind F11 to this
Ctrl+a “select window from listI have window list in the status line
Ctrl+a Ctrl+aprevious window viewed
 
Ctrl+a Ssplit terminal horizontally into regionsCtrl+a c to create new window there
Ctrl+a |split terminal vertically into regionsRequires screen >= 4.1
Ctrl+a :resizeresize region
Ctrl+a :fitfit screen size to new terminal sizeCtrl+a F is the same. Do after resizing xterm
Ctrl+a :removeremove regionCtrl+a X is the same
Ctrl+a tabMove to next region
 
Ctrl+a ddetach screen from terminalStart screen with -r option to reattach
Ctrl+a Aset window title
Ctrl+a xlock sessionEnter user password to unlock
Ctrl+a [enter scrollback/copy modeEnter to start and end copy region. Ctrl+a ] to leave this mode
Ctrl+a ]paste bufferSupports pasting between windows
Ctrl+a >write paste buffer to fileuseful for copying between screens
Ctrl+a <read paste buffer from fileuseful for pasting between screens
 
Ctrl+a ?show key bindings/command namesNote unbound commands only in man page
Ctrl+a :goto screen command promptup shows last command entered

Cheers !



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