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In bash pressing CTRL + U clears the characters on the line before the current cursor position while in zsh this will clear the entire line. How do I clear the characters on the line before the current cursor position by pressing CTRL + U in zsh?

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  • That's the default behaviour with both emacs and vim keybindings. What does bindkey "\Cu" report?
    – muru
    Jun 19, 2018 at 11:17
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    Answer is simple: run bindkey \^U backward-kill-line . @muru "^U" backward-kill-line
    – menteith
    Jun 19, 2018 at 11:18

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Bash and zsh work slightly different here. In zsh, CTRL + U clears the entire line instead.

Add these lines into your configuration .zsh:

bindkey -e
bindkey \^U backward-kill-line

You can use

$ bindkey

to list all of your keyboard shortcuts in zsh.

BTW: in bash you will print all bindkey with the following command:

bind -P

So no cheat sheets are necessary!

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  • works like a charm!!
    – alexzander
    Jun 11, 2021 at 14:09
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In zsh, Alt+W deletes the from the cursor back to the beginning of the current word.

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