I have a VPS with Ubuntu running on it. I have a text file I opened with nano. However there are too many lines there and only the first 20 or so lines get displayed. After those 20 lines is this:

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How do I make it display the rest? I can jump to some line using Ctrl+_, but I'd rather have the whole file displayed so I could scroll my way through it.

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    Use the <up> and <down> arrow keys - it's magic & scrolls (nano is not my favorite editor, but you chose it)
    – guiverc
    Apr 1, 2019 at 21:33
  • @guiverc Do you mean Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down or simply Up and Down? Which editor would you recommend?
    – parsecer
    Apr 1, 2019 at 21:35
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    I don't use nano , I just opened a term & nano jounr.. (a big text file) and arrow keys scrolled the text file up & down for me (somewhat jerky, it scrolled a few lines each time (not the one line I like with view or vim - but I've been using vi since the end 80s so anything else wouldn't feel like home)
    – guiverc
    Apr 1, 2019 at 21:40
  • @guiverc Thank you for the answer. Currently all command line editors feel foreign to me and I'm constantly afraid to screw things up. But I'll check out vim.
    – parsecer
    Apr 1, 2019 at 22:38
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    Note, if you only want to read the file, use less or more Apr 1, 2019 at 22:45

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If your Terminal window is small, large text will certainly get truncated. You can either use (upwards arrow) / (downwards arrow) keys or your mouse scroll wheel to scroll up or down to view the truncated part.

Alt+X toggles the display of the two last lines that display the functions of the hotkeys. Turning this off will help preserving some screen real estate for text.

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