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Many times I find myself wanting to quickly jump around to different positions in a command in iTerm. In a text editor it’s simple, OPTION + arrowKey moves one word at the time, CMD + arrowKey moves to the beginning/end of a line. But in iTerm this doesn’t work by default. But I found out there’s a way around it.

This is how you make it work:

  1. In iTerm press CMD + , to open the Preferences
  2. Go to Profiles > Keys > Key Mappings
  3. In the presets at the bottom, select Natural Text Editing
  4. Done.

This makes navigating around long commands in iTerm a bit easier to deal with.