In IRSSI, I've always been able to use alt3 or alt5 to jump directly to specific windows. That seems to have stopped working. I think it probably happened with the update to 15.04, but I can't swear to that.

I can still use alt-> or ctrln to cycle through windows but I don't see a way to hop right to the window I want anymore. So ... how do I get that functionality back? Or is there a new way I can hop straight to a specific window in irssi?

  • This question should be moved to unix.stackexchange.com, it's definitely not Ubuntu Linux specific (not even Linux specific).
    – pevik
    Apr 25, 2018 at 13:37

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Finally worked this out. The alt+number conflicts with gnome-terminal's keyboard shortcuts to switch between tabs. That was always the case, but in older versions of gnome-terminal the combo would switch tabs if there were tabs to switch to and switch IRSSI windows if there weren't.

If you disable or re-map the "Switch to Tab ..." shortcuts (at Terminal > Preferences > Shortcuts) you can use alt2 in IRSSI again.

Double-click on the shortcut key and you'll see "New accelerator..." -- from there Backspace will disable the shortcut, or you can create a new shortcut. I used ctrlalt2.

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    Escape also works as Alt key. So you can use Esc+2 to move to window numbered 2. Dec 26, 2015 at 13:12
  • this also happens to me in freebsd in vbox.
    – Andrew
    Nov 27, 2019 at 0:28

You can also use the commands /1, /2, ... /N, which is what I like to do.

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    This does not work May 10, 2018 at 0:27
  • This works, but its not a keystroke. Its a command you enter into irssi, like /join #servername. eg type "/1" and hit enter, and it will switch to window 1. "/8" and enter will switch to window 8.
    – gnac
    Jul 10 at 21:57
  • I prefer this instead of overwriting other programs settings.
    – SeedyROM
    Sep 19 at 8:04

Click on Terminal icon > Preferences > Shortcuts

Then, uncheck Enable Shortcuts

Alt + 1 for example will work now. The problem for the terminal window is that the alt keys are mapped to switching to the terminal tabs (if you use those).

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