There are a bazillion hidden gems in Linux Terminals. When getting started its easy to forget how much has been done to make your life easy and simply stick with what you know. I went for years without knowing Ctrl-R – and now, I can’t live without it.
Here are some top level ones to try out today.
Ctrl-R – Search back through your command history.
Ctrl-A – Jump to the start of your entry.
Ctrl-E – Jump to the end of your entry.
This article has a great list of others you should peruse:
HowToGeek – Survey of key combinations.
Another trick to keep in your toolbox – say you’ve entered a command but then realized that you forgot a step. Use Ctrl-A to jump to the beginning, insert a “#” symbol there and press enter.
That simple bit turns the command into a “comment” – storing it into your history, allowing you to enter the missed step, then simply walk back into your history to get at the command again.