Pico editior : Simple commands


You need to establish a Shell session to a UNIX account. Once
the connection is established, you will need to type your username and
your password to gain access to the system.

To start the text editor you
type pico from the UNIX prompt (sunbird%) and you should see the
Pico screen below. Typing pico filename will start pico
and open the specified file. If the file does not yet exist, a new file
will be created with that name.

UW PICO(tm) 2.5            New Buffer

^G Get Help  ^O WriteOut  ^R ReadFile  ^Y PrevPg  ^K Cut Text  ^C Cur Pos

^X Exit      ^J Justify   ^W Where is  ^V NextPg  ^U UnCutText ^T ToSpell

The bottom two lines of the screen contain some of the more common
commands available.

The following table lists all the commands available in Pico
(alternative keyboard commands are in parentheses).

Moving around in Pico
command short description
^F (right arrow) move forward a character
^B (left arrow) move back a character
^P (up arrow) move up one line
^N (down arrow) move down one line
^A move to the beginning of the current line
^E move to the end of the current line
^V (F8) move forward one screen of text
^Y (F7) move backward one screen of text
Editing in Pico
command short description
^^ mark position as beginning of select text
^K (F9) selected text ends on the left side of the current cursor position
beginning must be marked already

cut selected text (inversed text)
if nothing selected this will cut the current line of text

^U (F10) uncut or paste last cut text
inserting at current cursor position
^J justify the current paragraph
^I (Tab) insert a tab at current position
^T spelling checker
^C print current cursor position
^W (F6) search for text – neglecting case
^L redraw screen
^G (F1) display the help text from within Pico
File Commands from Pine
command short description
^X (F2) exit pine, saving buffer
^O (F3) save the current file
^R (F5) read-in a file at current cursor position