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43 Midnight Commander Keyboard Shortcuts

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Most used Midnight Commander Shortcuts

Action Midnight Commander Shortcut keys Windows Midnight Commander Shortcut keys Mac
Refresh active panel Ctrl + R Command + R
Opens chmod dialog for marked file Ctrl + X then C Command + X then C
Opens chown dialog for marked file Ctrl + X then O Command + X then O
Opens search dialog Alt + ? Option + ?
Open the VFS list. If an FTP session times out, you can use this to free the open vfs so you can log in again Ctrl + X then A Command + X then A

File Panel Action Shortcuts

Action Midnight Commander Shortcut keys Windows Midnight Commander Shortcut keys Mac
Move the selection bar to the previous entry in the panel Up Arrow key Up Arrow key
Move the selection bar to the next entry in the panel Down Arrow key Down Arrow key
Move the selection bar to the left Left Arrow key Left Arrow key
Move the selection bar to the right Right Arrow key Right Arrow key
Move the selection bar one page up Page Up key Page Up key
Move the selection bar one page down Page Down key Page Down key
Move the selection bar to the first entry in the panel Home Home
Move the selection bar to the last entry in the panel End End
Move the selection bar to the first visible entry in the panel Alt + G Option + G
Move the selection bar to the middle visible entry in the panel Alt + R Option + R
Move the selection bar to the last visible entry in the panel Alt + J Option + J
Start a quick filename search in the directory listing Alt + S Option + S
Change the charset of the current panel Alt + E Option + E
Show the directory history Alt + H Option + H
Move to the next directory in the history Alt + U Option + U
Move to the previous directory in the history Alt + Y Option + Y
Select (tag) a group of files + +
Unselect a group of files \ \
Invert selection on the current panel Alt + * Option + *
Make the current directory of the current panel also the current directory of the other panel Alt + I Option + I
Move to the child directory Ctrl + Page Down key Command + Page Down key
Move to the parent directory Ctrl + Page Up key Command + Page Up key
Tag or untag files Insert Insert
Tag the file and move the selection bar to the next entry Shift + Down Arrow key Shift + Down Arrow key
Tag the file and move the selection bar to the previous entry Shift + Up Arrow key Shift + Up Arrow key

Function keys

Action Midnight Commander Shortcut keys Midnight Commander Shortcut keys
Help F1 F1
Opens user menu F2 F2
View selected file content F3 F3
Opens the file in an internal text editor F4 F4
Copies selected file F5 F5
Moving file F6 F6
Make directory F7 F7
Delete file or directory F8 F8
Opens the main menu at the top of the screen F9 F9
Ends current action; editor, viewer, dialog window or ends mc program F10 F10

Shell Function Shortcuts

Action Midnight Commander Shortcut keys Midnight Commander Shortcut keys
Copies selected filename in command line Alt + Enter Option + Return
Copies the full path of the selected file in the command line Ctrl + Shift + Enter Command + Shift + Return
Shows command line history Alt + H Option + H

FAQs

What is Midnight Commander?

Midnight Commander (MC) is a text-based file manager that allows users to navigate, view, and manage files and directories on their computer.

What operating systems does Midnight Commander support?

Midnight Commander is available for a variety of operating systems, including Linux, macOS, and Windows.

What are some of the basic shortcuts for Midnight Commander?

Some common shortcuts for MC include F1 (help), F2 (user menu), F3 (view file), F4 (edit file), F5 (copy), F6 (move), F7 (create directory), F8 (delete), F9 (menu bar), and F10 (quit).

Can I customize the shortcuts in Midnight Commander?

Yes, you can customize the shortcuts in MC by editing the user menu file or by creating your own key bindings file.

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