While you can move in the Nano editor using the arrow keys and page up/down keys, it's not very effective when you want to go to a specific line. This is specially the case when you are working on a huge text file.
In this quick Nano tutorial, I'll share a few tips on how you can jump to a certain line number:
nano +n fileto open a file with cursor at line number n
- In the Nano editor, press
Ctrl+shift+_keys and enter line number to move to the line
Let's see it in detail with examples.
Open a file with cursor at specific line in Nano
This is simple. If you already know which line number you want to go to, open it with Nano in this manner:
nano +n filename
And it will open the file with cursor at the give line number n.
But you will rarely know where to go when you are editing a file. The next method is more appropriate.
Go to specific line from within Nano editor
So you have a text file already opened and you realized that you have to go to a particular line number.
All you have to do is to press the
Ctrl+Shift+_ keys and it will prompt you to enter a line number. Provide the line number and press the enter key. The cursor position jump to this new line number.
I am displaying line numbers in Nano so that it is easy to follow the example.
Here's the same in action:
As you can see, it is easy to jump to lines in Nano if you know the correct keyboard shortcuts.
While they are displayed at the bottom and can be accessed in detail with the
Ctrl+G keys, it is not always obvious and easy to understand.
And hence I wrote this quick tutorial to help you with it.