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To scroll a single line in gnome-terminal you have to press Ctrl-Shift- or Ctrl-Shift- in Ubuntu.

In other distributions (e.g. Xubuntu) you only have to press Shift- or Shift- for the same behaviour. I would like to change the shortcuts in Ubuntu to work the same, but so far I haven't found an option or config file to change.

The reason why I would like to change this are two-fold: First, I find it more convenient (not having shift and ctrl above each other on a Thinkpad). Second, it is more consistent to the shortcuts for scrolling an entire page ( Shift-Pgup and Shift-Pgdown).

Also, I remember reading the reason behind using ctrl-shift instead of just shift, but I cannot locate that discussion anymore.

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! "the shortcuts in Ubuntu" Do you mean you're looking for a single shortcut key to do single-line scrolling in all applications or just in the Ubuntu terminal application? – gertvdijk Jan 25 '13 at 16:44
I just meant the gnome-terminal in the Ubuntu distribution as opposed to how the gnome-terminal is set up in other distributions (even very similar ones like Xubuntu). – shiin Jan 25 '13 at 21:56
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According to, there are some shortcuts that cannot be edited in gnome-terminal. These are exactly: Ctrl+Shift+ and Ctrl+Shift+:

other keyboard shortcuts for gnome-terminal

In Xubuntu you can use Ctrl+ and Ctrl+ because Xubuntu uses xfce4-terminal which is different by gnome-terminal. The same happens with other distros.

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