The laptop has no page-up/down buttons. How can I have page-up/down on the terminal, e.g. when I edit with vi?


On Snow Leopard on MacBook, I use fnup or fndown to page up and down respectively on the terminal. And when inside an editor, such as Vim, I hold the shift key in addition to the mentioned key combinations to page up and down within the editor.

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    shift + FN + (Up arrow or Down arrow) works for me. Thanks sooo much for this post. I was going nuts trying to get page up to work in a terminal on my mac. – user128192 Apr 13 '12 at 15:58
  • It would be awesome if there were a one-handed form of these keys... it's awkward having to use two hands when scrolling up and down (most laptops don't have a Function key on the right hand side, near the arrow keys). – Ether Aug 11 '12 at 16:07
  • Did not work for me (2017). see answer – gr4nt3d Aug 12 '17 at 12:17
  • Use Cmd + fn + up – Akshar Raaj Mar 23 '18 at 7:37

Use controlf (forward) for page down, and controlb (backward) for page down.

  • Perfect. Obviously, the accepted answer doesn't work if you have a macbook with no up/down keys. – Xeoncross Jun 24 '14 at 19:35
  • @Xeoncross MacBook without up/down keys? I don't think such thing exists. – Petr Peller Sep 18 '14 at 9:01

Generally on the Macbook page up and page down are a key combination. On current Macbooks Page Up is the FN (function) key (at the bottom left of the keyboard) and up arrow. Page down is FN key and down arrow. On some older macbooks I believe you need to use the 'Apple' key (which is located in roughly the same place as the Windows key on a PC keyboard) instead.


In 2017 macOS Sierra 10.12 I had to use these:

  • Page UP/DOWN:
    • up fncommandup
    • down fncommanddown

moreover, these are also useful:

  • marking: (inputs can be marked automatically; fuzzy for long output)
    • set commandU
    • unset commandshiftU
    • previous fncommandup
    • next fncommanddown
  • bookmarks
    • set shiftcommandM
    • previous optioncommandup
    • next optioncommanddown

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