I am using nano on files with long lines. How could I scroll the nano window horizontally?


|Lorem ipsum |dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, 
|sed do eiusm|od tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. 
|Dolor sed vi|verra ipsum nunc aliquet bibendum enim.
|In massa tem|por nec feugiat. Nunc aliquet bibendum enim facilisis gravida. 

I would like scrolling right side:

Lorem ipsum |dolor sit am|et, consectetur adipiscing elit, 
sed do eiusm|od tempor in|cididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. 
Dolor sed vi|verra ipsum |nunc aliquet bibendum enim.
In massa tem|por nec feug|iat. Nunc aliquet bibendum enim facilisis gravida. 
  • 2
    +1, but I suspect the answer is "you can't", and the better answer is "use vim". (And the slightly less better answer is "use emacs". :p)
    – Sparhawk
    Jul 18, 2019 at 7:12
  • 2
    +1, also because I appreciate ASCII art ;)
    – dr_
    Jul 18, 2019 at 11:09

2 Answers 2


I'm pretty sure you cannot do that in nano. The closest you could get would be line wrapping, precisely "soft wrapping": Esc+$.

This will wrap lines so you could see them all on the screen.

Source: https://www.nano-editor.org/dist/v2.9/nano.html (search for --softwrap)

You could get this kind of behaviour with vim, though, the editor is more configurable. See: https://ddrscott.github.io/blog/2016/sidescroll/


Esc+$ wasn't working for me. Not sure if OS or shell matters (I'm on Mac using zsh) but I found something else that worked:

^+J for JUSTIFY. Not side-scrolling, but since OP accepted soft-wrapping and I believe this does the same thing, leaving this answer here for people who don't have success with the accepted answer.

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