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In tmux, when having separate panes open, I do Ctrl-B ↑ to switch to the pane above. Great. Except that if the next key I want to press is also an arrow key (e.g. I want to go to the bash prompt above and search history for previous command) then this keystroke is also interpreted by tmux.

It seems there's a timeout period before tmux releases control of the keyboard. How can I reduce that?

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You can configure this with the repeat-time option:

repeat-time time
Allow multiple commands to be entered without pressing the prefix-key again in the specified time milliseconds (the default is 500). Whether a key repeats may be set when it is bound using the -r flag to bind-key. Repeat is enabled for the default keys bound to the resize-pane command.

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