Keyboard shortcuts are one of the most straightforward ways to improve personal productivity while using applications or operating systems. Some of the most well known keyboard shortcuts are
Ctrl+C to copy content and files,
Ctrl+X for cutting, and
Ctrl+V for pasting. There’s another very important shortcut, which you should know about –
Ctrl+Z. In this article we’ll cover why and how you can use this shortcut in Linux (Ubuntu, for example).
Ctrl+Z shortcut for the following use-cases:
- Working with text editors
- Files management
Working with text editors
You can use the
Ctrl+Z keyboard shortcut to undo any actions in any modern applications.
While working with a text editor, this shortcut allows you to undo a typo or formatting issue.
For example, in the text editor, I would like to write “World is open source“.
I intentionally misspelled the word “source” in the screenshot.
Usually, to fix the typo we press backspace a couple of times until the mistake is corrected.
But there’s more easy way exists!
CTRL+Z will remove previously entered word.
Now, continue typing.
Undo file operations
There are three test files in the opened directory that you can see in the following screenshot.
Let’s imagine, that you accidentally deleted one of them.
CTRL+Z to undo the delete operation and restore file to its previous location.
Release the terminal
Now, let’s cover the last and, probably, the most important use-case – using
Ctrl+Z in the terminal.
Ctrl+Z shortcut in the terminal allows you to send a long-running command to a terminal background and return you a terminal control, so you can continue using it for your own needs.
To illustrate this example, let’s install
termdown utility, which will do countdown for a specified period of time and print output to the terminal:
sudo snap install termdown
If you face snap command first time, it allows you to install Linux applications from Linux app store.
Let’s call the
termdown to start a countdown for 300 seconds.
The countdown has been started.
Now, press the
CTRL+Z to release the terminal.
You may continue using your terminal for your own needs.
As soon as you’re ready to return back the process, which is running in the background, run the following command:
This command will return
termdown execution to the terminal back (put it back to the foreground).
There are many different shortcuts that exist in Linux which allows us to improve daily productivity.
In this article, we covered the most important of them –
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