In bash I can hit Ctrl + a and go to first of the command line.

But in screen Ctrl + a does not do this. How do I go to first of command line in screen?


2 Answers 2


You can press Ctrl+a followed by a to go to the beginning of the line. The a sends a Ctrl+a to the terminal.


The long way

Take a look at this Q&A from SuperUser, titled: Bash vs. Gnu screen : Replace Ctrl-A with Ctrl-Shift-A. There are several options but the easiest would be to remap Ctrl+aCtrl+a to something else for screen so that Ctrl+a can be freed for use by Bash.

excerpt from one of the answers

By default, C-a C-a is bound to the other command (switch to most recently active screen) in screen. To have C-a C-a send an actual C-a and have C-a o switch windows, put the following in your .screenrc:

escape ^A^A
bind o other

The short way

As @jordanm has pointed out in the comments. The above solution isn't necessary, however. The 2nd highest upvoted answer to that same Q&A states that you can simply type Ctrl+a+a and screen will send a Ctrl+a to Bash.

  • I don't necessary want to use C+a. Is there any shortcut specific to screen?
    – Mohsen
    Aug 7, 2013 at 4:08
  • You failed to mention the second most upvoted answer in that thread superuser.com/a/237223/190213. It's the most straightforward (IMO) and the method I personally use.
    – jordanm
    Aug 7, 2013 at 4:19
  • @jordanm - didn't scroll that far down. 8-). I've never run into this issue, I use tmux.
    – slm
    Aug 7, 2013 at 4:23
  • @Mohsen - see updates.
    – slm
    Aug 7, 2013 at 4:29

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