I am editing a text field with lynx, how can I insert a new line before another line or delete a line? I tried hitting insert and all that stuff. I looked at the man pages and didn't find anything.

  • Are you talking about lynx the terminal webbrowsser ? I guess it doesn't have an internal editor, and might launch and external command configured either by shell variable or lynx configuration. If so, the manual of the editor might be ressourcefull
    – netmonk
    Oct 13, 2015 at 14:39
  • Yes, lynx the terminal web browser. I don't know how it works, I just use it :) Oct 13, 2015 at 14:43

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You can specify an editor on the command line.


enable external editing, using the specified EDITOR. (vi, ed, emacs, etc.)

You can start the external editor with CTRL-x-e

Further information can be found here:



If you type o inside lynx you will open the option menu. Inside you will find the editor field, which specifies which external editor lynx will launch when requested.

So the displayed value is the currently editor you are using (may be vim/emacs/nano).

Then you have two options :

  • learn how to use this editor
  • set the editor value to one you already know.

Lynx has two sets of key bindings:

  • There are the normal command-bindings which you can see with the k (or K) key (see documentation).
  • there are also the "line edit" bindings (see documentation). Those apply to text-fields. However, if you have configured an external editor using the Options menu, then ^Xe (controlXe) runs the editor on the currently selected text field.

You may notice in the listing from k that it is bound to KEYMAP. Likewise you could configure Lynx to bind a key to the EDITMAP listing, showing the bindings in use.

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