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Starting nano and Dabbling with It

You can start and dabble with nano using the following steps. Notice that the nano interface is intuitive and easy to navigate, as shown in red_a.jpg.


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red_a.jpg nano offers an intuitive interface for editing text.

To start nano and dabble with it:

  1. nano

    Type nano at the shell prompt. The program starts up, and you’ll see something like gray_a.jpg, with the text area up at the top of the window and the command hints at the bottom.

    If you know the name of the file you want to edit, type nano at the shell prompt followed by the path and name of the file you want to edit (hairyspiders, for example).

  2. hairyspiders

    Go ahead. Type something—anything—just to try it out.

    • Use delete.jpg and backspace.jpg to help edit text.
    • Use the arrow keys to move up, down, right, or left.
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