Following from this post, I added CTRL+ ← and CLTR+ → functionality to my Ubuntu terminal to skip words by adding to .inputrc:

"\e[1;5C": forward-word
"\e[1;5D": backward-word
"\e[5C": forward-word
"\e[5D": backward-word
"\e\e[C": forward-word
"\e\e[D": backward-word

Now, I would like to skip words while highlighting them using: CTRL+SHIFT+ ← and CLTR+SHIFT+ →. Using cat, I see the hotkey should just change from ^[[1;5D to ^[[1;6D.

However: What is the equivalent keyword "forward-word-select"? Better yet -- where can I find a list of such available commands?


While cat for CTRL+Home gives ^[[1;5H and CTRL+End gives ^[[1;5F, CTRL+Shift+Home and CTRL+Shift+End give no output. How can I also add a binding to these key combinations (for similar selection-skip functionality)?

  • I don't think bash (or readline) has this concept of selecting a part of the command – does it? In Midnight Commander, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right automatically jump by words and select the text; selection here is done by mc and not bash. Other apps might also have their means of selecting. – egmont Nov 14 '17 at 19:50
  • In some terminal emulators (e.g. xterm) Ctrl+Shift+Home/End produce the escape sequence you're looking for. In some others (e.g. gnome-terminal or other VTE-based ones) they move the scrollbar to the top/bottom (that is, the keypress is unavailable for apps running inside), however, produce the said escape sequences on the alternate screen which your shell shouldn't switch to. Other emulators might behave in other different ways. – egmont Nov 14 '17 at 19:52

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