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5.1 Default Key Bindings

As mentioned previously, each keyboard command consists of a C-a followed by one other character. For your convenience, all commands that are bound to lower-case letters are also bound to their control character counterparts (with the exception of C-a a; see below). Thus, both C-a c and C-a C-c can be used to create a window.

The following table shows the default key bindings:

C-a '

Prompt for a window identifier and switch. See Selecting.

C-a "

(windowlist -b)
Present a list of all windows for selection. See Selecting.

C-a 0…9, -

(select 0…select 9, select -)
Switch to window number 0…9, or the blank window. See Selecting.

C-a Tab

Switch the input focus to the next region. See Regions.

C-a C-a

Toggle to the window displayed previously. If this window does no longer exist, other has the same effect as next. See Selecting.

C-a a

Send the command character (C-a) to window. See escape command. See Command Character.

C-a A

Allow the user to enter a title for the current window. See Naming Windows.

C-a b
C-a C-b

Send a break to the tty. See Break.

C-a B

Close and reopen the tty-line. See Break.

C-a c
C-a C-c

Create a new window with a shell and switch to that window. See Screen Command.

C-a C

Clear the screen. See Clear.

C-a d
C-a C-d

Detach screen from this terminal. See Detach.

C-a D D

Detach and logout. See Power Detach.

C-a f
C-a C-f

Cycle flow among ‘on’, ‘off’ or ‘auto’. See Flow.

C-a F

Resize the window to the current region size. See Fit.

C-a C-g

Toggle visual bell mode. See Bell.

C-a h

Write a hardcopy of the current window to the file “hardcopy.n”. See Hardcopy.

C-a H

Toggle logging of the current window to the file “screenlog.n”. See Log.

C-a i
C-a C-i

Show info about the current window. See Info.

C-a k
C-a C-k

Destroy the current window. See Kill.

C-a l
C-a C-l

Fully refresh the current window. See Redisplay.

C-a L

Toggle the current window’s login state. See Login.

C-a m
C-a C-m

Repeat the last message displayed in the message line. See Last Message.

C-a M

(monitor) Toggle monitoring of the current window. See Monitor.

C-a n
C-a C-n

Switch to the next window. See Selecting.

C-a N

Show the number (and title) of the current window. See Number.

C-a p
C-a C-p
C-a C-h
C-a BackSpace

Switch to the previous window (opposite of C-a n). See Selecting.

C-a q
C-a C-q

Send a ^Q (ASCII XON) to the current window. See XON/XOFF.

C-a Q

Delete all regions but the current one. See Regions.

C-a r
C-a C-r

Toggle the current window’s line-wrap setting (turn the current window’s automatic margins on or off). See Wrap.

C-a s
C-a C-s

Send a ^S (ASCII XOFF) to the current window. See XON/XOFF.

C-a S

Split the current region horizontally into two new ones. See Regions.

C-a t
C-a C-t

Show the load average and xref. See Time.

C-a v

Display the version and compilation date. See Version.

C-a C-v

Enter digraph. See Digraph.

C-a w
C-a C-w

Show a list of active windows. See Windows.

C-a W

Toggle between 80 and 132 columns. See Window Size.

C-a x
C-a C-x

Lock your terminal. See Lock.

C-a X

Kill the current region. See Regions.

C-a z
C-a C-z

Suspend screen. See Suspend.

C-a Z

Reset the virtual terminal to its “power-on” values. See Reset.

C-a .

Write out a .termcap file. See Dump Termcap.

C-a ?

Show key bindings. See Help.

C-a \

Kill all windows and terminate screen. See Quit.

C-a :

Enter a command line. See Colon.

C-a [
C-a C-[

Enter copy/scrollback mode. See Copy.

C-a ]
C-a C-]

(paste .)
Write the contents of the paste buffer to the stdin queue of the current window. See Paste.

C-a {
C-a }

Copy and paste a previous (command) line. See History.

C-a >

Write the paste buffer out to the screen-exchange file. See Screen Exchange.

C-a <

Read the screen-exchange file into the paste buffer. See Screen Exchange.

C-a =

Delete the screen-exchange file. See Screen Exchange.

C-a _

Start/stop monitoring the current window for inactivity. See Monitor.

C-a |

(split -v)
Split the current region vertically into two new ones. See Regions.

C-a ,

Show the copyright page. See License.

C-a *

Show the listing of attached displays. See Displays.

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