I have used Windows for ~30 years and I remember its shortcuts well. I have used Ubuntu for about 5 years and never remember its shortcuts. I do not use text editors all the time, so most likely I will not remember the shortcuts of say Vi or Nano. I am a teacher and use lots of different consoles in different computers, so one configuration of say Emacs will not do it. I have this problem few times a month and have had it for about the 5 years I've used Ubuntu and not yet found a suitable program. Most usual use cases are commanding a server via ssh or solving a problem with a crashed GUI.

So is there a console text editor for Ubuntu with "Windows-like" shortcut keys:

  • CTRL+A select all
  • CTRL+C copy,
  • CTRL+X cut,
  • CTRL+V paste,
  • CTRL+Z undo,
  • END go to end of line,
  • HOME go to beginning of line,
  • CTRL+HOME go to beginning of file,
  • CTRL+END go to END of file,
  • CTRL+RIGHT skip word,
  • Selecting text with SHIFT and moving cursor
  • CTRL+S save file

Most of these also work here in this platform independent StackExchange question editor, so this is not a "Windows only thing" actually.

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    May I ask why are you seeking console text editor with Windows graphical editors' shortcut? Those shortcuts even don't work in Windows cmd . – Anwar Nov 24 '16 at 8:33
  • Commanding a server or solving a problem with a crashed GUI. – Ohto Nordberg Nov 24 '16 at 8:44
  • So, it is wrong to praise MS for providing easy shortcuts while actually they didn't, for command line editors. In fact, MS even doesn't have a good command line editor like vim and emacs in Unix world. – Anwar Nov 24 '16 at 10:02
  • Where do I praise MS? – Ohto Nordberg Nov 24 '16 at 18:37

FTE Text Editor is a good choice for windows like shortcut like shift + down key for text selection, Ctrl+z for undo, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

Installs with sudo apt install fte and runs with fte

It looks like this:

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    Not a console editor, though. – AlexP Nov 24 '16 at 8:23
  • @AlexP edited my answer. – Rahul Nov 24 '16 at 8:38
  • Though I doesn't have Ctrl+S for saving. Anyway better than the original gedit suggestion – Anwar Nov 25 '16 at 5:16
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    This is perfect, thank you. Installs with sudo apt install fte and runs with fte, so I can use this in seconds. – Ohto Nordberg Nov 26 '16 at 13:31
  • @OhtoNordberg I am glad you find it useful. I'll add your installation command in my answer. – Rahul Nov 26 '16 at 14:04

Fiflo seems fine. It doesn't have all of above shortcuts but some of them.

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