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I have to work inside two environment. One Windows (local) and one Linux (remote). I've installed the screen linux utility in both. I'm able to open a screen on my windows, then in one tab, I opened a ssh connection to the linux remote and I start another screen.

Sample

linux  -- |0 linux remote 0| 1 linux remote 1 
windows-- |0 linux | 9 windows 

I can switch between "linux remote 0" and "linux remote 1" using Atl+. This is configured in .screenrc (bindkey "^[0" select 0) How could I switch to "9 windows"?

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Ah. screen-in-screen... very Inception. We need to go deeper...

That being said, you can send a ctrl-A to a nested screen by doing Ctrl-AA.

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Poetic and precise: what more can a humble developer ask for? ;) –  Tomislav Nakic-Alfirevic Nov 17 at 10:53

Ctrl+A, 9 or Ctrl+A, " (that's a double-quote) and then select it from a list.

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That's how to switch windows in a single screen session. The question is about nested screen sessions. –  Keith Thompson Jun 18 at 15:02

When I run screen in another screen, I use a different command character for each.

Rather than the default ctrl-A, I use ctrl-space (the null character, escape ^@^@ in .screenrc) for the outer one, and ctrl-] (escape ^]^] in .screenrc) for the inner one.

If you don't do that, you can send a single command character to the inner nested screen session (or to any other command running under screen) by doubling it.

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This is just what I was looking for - thanks! –  andersonbd1 Jun 18 at 13:47

As mentioned by rocka84 but for the second command you don't need to press Ctrl again. Like for creating a new screen in nested terminal you need to do like this Ctrl+a, a, c.

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You can either press Ctrl+a, followed by Shift+ '(single quote)' and choose the screen you want.

Or you can jus hit Ctrl+a(double tap) to return to previous screen.

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As mentioned, you can send Ctrl+A to the inner screen with Ctrl+A A. Just do this twice to switch the inner screen.
Make sure to release Ctrl for the second (and forth) A

Btw: This goes for all control sequences of the inner screen, just hit Ctrl+A before all Keys and drop the Ctrl for sequence keys. Easier to show than to describe:
Ctrl+A A C creates a new inner screen.

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