re: 39 No Frills Keyboard Shortcuts every Developer Should Know About VIEW POST

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A long time ago, before Windows...

The code editors use to have this combination of keys that still work today.

CURSOR MOVEMENT:

  • ARROWS -> move character by character

  • CTRL + ARROWS -> move word by word

  • HOME -> Go to the first character of the line

  • END -> Go to the last character of the line

  • CTRL + HOME -> Go to the start of the file

  • CTRL + END -> Go to the end of the file

SELECTION:

  • SHIFT + CURSOR MOVEMENT -> move selecting text

COPY & PASTE:

  • CTRL + INS -> Copy the selected test TO the clipboard (COPY)

  • SHIFT + DEL -> Move the selected test TO the clipboard (CUT)

  • SHIFT + INS -> Move the selected test FROM the clipboard (PASTE)

Since those times I program with that COPY & PASTE combination. There is less movement of the hands. Once you get used to it, you will find that CTRL + C and CTRL + V combinations are not so ergonomic.

For example, in order to move a block of code from one place to another, I use to press:

  • HOME : go to the first position of the line
  • SHIFT + ARROW DOWN : select lines all the way down.
  • SHIFT + DEL : cut the block.
  • CURSOR MOVEMENT until the first position of the line where the code is going to be inserted.
  • SHIFT + INS : to paste the block.

You can see that in all that process, the left hand have only made the slight movement of pressing and releasing SHIFT, and not the complicated movement of pressing CTRL + C / CTRL + V. The right hand did only use the arrows (better if it is from the numeric keypad, so that HOME and END can be reached with an slight movement of the right index finger)

 

Thanks, I've added a selection of these to the main post. Funnily I use quite a few of these in my bash terminal! ;)

 

A long time ago, before Windows...

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CURSOR MOVEMENT:

- ARROWS -> move character by character
+ h → move cursor one position left
+ j → move cursor one position down
+ k → move cursor one position up
+ l → move cursor one position right
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