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Commands for Midnight Commander (mc)
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F Keys

F1
Help
F2
User Menu
F3
View File
F4
Edit with mcedit
F5
Copy to directory in other panel
F5 (or F15)
Copy to current directory
F6
Move to directory in other panel
F6 (or F16)
Rename
F7
New Directory
F8
Delete
F9
Menu Bar
F10
Quit
F keys higher than 12 can be accessed by mapping them in your terminal emulator. In OSX, this can be done by mapping the keys in Terminal to the other F keys. For instance, I mapped F6 to \033[29~, which is equivalent to F16. For some of the above mappings to work, you may have to do this.
 

General Movement

Move one line up in panel
Move one line down in panel
Change to parent directory 1
Change to selected directory (no action on files) 1
Page Down
Jump cursor down in panel
Page Up
Jump cursor up in panel
Home
Jump cursor to beginning of listing
End
Jump cursor to end of listing
Tab
Switch panels
r
Refresh listing
\
Directory Hotlist
s
Search for item
x i
Toggle other panel to inform­ation mode
x q
Toggle other panel to quick view mode
x !
External Panelize 2
1. To use the Left and Right arrow movement style above, you must enable Lynx-like motion under OptionsPanel OptionsNavigation.
2. External panelize lets you run an arbitrary command to create a panel listing. Use Tab to move to the command box, enter a command, and hit Enter. You can save these as well using Add New. will revert the panel.

Manipu­lation

t
Tag/untag selected item
+
Tag items by pattern
- or \
Untag items by pattern
*
Invert tagging of items
x c
Run Chmod tool on selected or tagged items
x o
Run Chown tool on selected or tagged items
x v
Run relative symbolic link tool on selected or tagged items
x s
Run absolute symbolic link tool on selected or tagged items
x l
Run hard link tool on selected or tagged items
o
Switch to/from shell mode in current directory
"­Tag­gin­g" is like highli­ghting files or direct­ories in a GUI file manager - it's part of the termin­ology of mc, and it helps to call it that to remember the associ­ation with the letter t. When entries are tagged, they should change color, and the F-key actions apply to all tagged items, allowing for bulk manipu­lation.

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