In case somebody else is using the left and right arrows to navigate through typed commands, I’ve compiled a list of useful shortcuts for the Terminal:
Ctrl + A: Go to the beginning of the line.
Ctrl + E: Go to the end of line.
Ctrl + F: Move the cursor position one space forward.
Ctrl + B: Move the cursor position one space backward.
Alt + F: Move the cursor position one word forward.
Alt + B: Move the cursor position one word backward.
Ctrl + U: Clear the line before the cursor.
Ctrl + K: Clear the line after the cursor.
Alt + Del: Delete the word before the cursor.
Alt + D: Delete the word after the cursor.
Tab: Auto-complete file and directory names.
Ctrl + L: Clears the screen (same result as typing the
Ctrl + C: Terminate the running program; a timeless classic.
Edit: As noted by Parker Wightman (@parkerwightman), these same key bindings work in nearly every OSX text field.
As I grow older I found myself more and more comfortable working from the OSX Terminal, but I was annoyed by the “missing commands to navigate through the text”… Until I discovered them recently and my mind was blown.
Hope they are useful for somebody else too.