Unix Special Keys That Improve Productivity

Shared the UNIX terminal shortcut keys. These special keys you can use to stop the program processing, or resume it.

Top Special keys in Unix

An example of a UNIX special key and its use.

Special Keys in UNIX much useful to take action when something happens.

A scenario where you made some mistake in the input command and you need to stop the further process. Then you can use the CTRL+C command. It is equal to the DELETE command.

Unix Keyboard Shortcuts or Special Keys.


The RETURN key signifies the end of a line of input. On any terminal, RETURN has a key of its own, or return may be typed by holding down the control key and typing a 'm'.

CTRL-m Key

Hint: Ctrl-m command is equal to RETURN key in Unix systems


The DELETE key stops a program/command immediately, without waiting for it to finish. DELETE can be achieved equivalently with ctrl-c.

Hint: Ctrl-c Command you can use to interrupt the process.

CTRL-s Key

Ctrl-s pauses the output and the program is suspended until you start it again.

Hint: Ctrl-s Command to pause the process

CTRL-q Key

Ctrl-q resumes the program paused by ctrl-s.

Hint: Ctrl-q Command to resume the process

CTRL-g Key

Rings a bell on the terminal.

CTRL-h key

Can be used for backspace.

CTRL-i Key

Can be used for tab (eight spaces on the UNIX system).


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