Ubuntu: Why does ctrl + left arrow not skip words?



Question:

I'm on my Ubuntu 12.04. Every time I'm editing text, I use ctrl + left/right to move/jump between words. Recently, I installed xscreensaver and changed keyboard shortcuts to activate my screensaver. But then, Ctrl + left stoped responding to normally (move to the next word to the left). Ctrl + right still jumps to next word to the right. The problem occurs whether I'm using the terminal, Gedit or even typing text in webpages.

I reverted back to gnome-screensaver, removed xscreensaver (also fixed my keyboard shortcuts). But the issue remains.

I tried to copy contents from /etc/inputrc to ~/.inputrc (by default, I don't have ~/.inputrc). I got some info here: Strange characters appearing when I use the Ctrl and Arrow keys to navigate

Please help.

EDIT: Here's my ~/.inputrc:

# /etc/inputrc - global inputrc for libreadline  # See readline(3readline) and `info rluserman' for more information.  # Be 8 bit clean.  set input-meta on  set output-meta on  # To allow the use of 8bit-characters like the german umlauts, uncomment  # the line below. However this makes the meta key not work as a meta key,  # which is annoying to those which don't need to type in 8-bit characters.    # set convert-meta off    # try to enable the application keypad when it is called.  Some systems  # need this to enable the arrow keys.  # set enable-keypad on    # see /usr/share/doc/bash/inputrc.arrows for other codes of arrow keys    # do not bell on tab-completion  # set bell-style none  # set bell-style visible    # some defaults / modifications for the emacs mode  $if mode=emacs    # allow the use of the Home/End keys  "\e[1~": beginning-of-line  "\e[4~": end-of-line    # allow the use of the Delete/Insert keys  "\e[3~": delete-char  "\e[2~": quoted-insert    # mappings for "page up" and "page down" to step to the beginning/end  # of the history  # "\e[5~": beginning-of-history  # "\e[6~": end-of-history    # alternate mappings for "page up" and "page down" to search the history  # "\e[5~": history-search-backward  # "\e[6~": history-search-forward    # mappings for Ctrl-left-arrow and Ctrl-right-arrow for word moving  "\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    $if term=rxvt  "\e[8~": end-of-line  "\eOc": forward-word  "\eOd": backward-word  $endif    # for non RH/Debian xterm, can't hurt for RH/Debian xterm  # "\eOH": beginning-of-line  # "\eOF": end-of-line    # for freebsd console  # "\e[H": beginning-of-line  # "\e[F": end-of-line    $endif  

if I remove /etc/inputrc, here's what I get if I hold CTRL then press right arrow five times: pressing ctrl+right arrow

Unlike the first image above, holding CTRL and pressing left arrow more than once will not print out ;5D again... it's like it's accepting the command once and doesn't do it anymore .. see below image: pressing ctrl+left arrow


Solution:1

1 - In ~/.zshrc

bindkey '^[[1;5D' backward-word  bindkey '^[[1;5C' forward-word  

... And now ctrl + left / right jump words in byobu / tmux.

2 - Don't mess with inputrc.


Solution:2

Create inputrc file using touch ~/.inputrc.
Copy the accepted answer's content in the link you referred to i.e. Strange characters appearing when I use the Ctrl and Arrow keys to navigate , to this file by opening the file ~/.inputrc using some text editor. Save it.
Read the file using bind ~/.inputrc command or restart a new terminal. Things should work..


Solution:3

I had this same problem. I fixed it by copying these lines to my ~/.inputrc file:

\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  


Solution:4

I figured out that skipping words to the left by triggering Ctrl+Left didn't work (even not when I added some code into ~/.inputrc or ~/.zshrc) because by default this shortcut is already used in Ubuntu (it resizes the current window horizontally). You can change the default shortcut in the System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcut menu. I just replaced Ctrl+Left by Ctrl+Down to liberate it. After this replacement, skipping words to the left using Ctrl+Left works fine! Even without ~/.inputrc or ~/.zshc.


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