Introduction to Nano Editor

Using Nano Editor

Delete Lines in Nano text Editor

Learn how to delete a single line, multiple lines or all lines in Nano text editor.

Removing lines from the file is the most basic task in the file editing.

Sure you can use the Backspace to remove words but what if you want to remove one or more lines at once? (Pressing Backspace is not a practical option).

In that case, you can use Ctrl + K, and it will cut the line where your cursor is positioned.

But it will remove one line at a time.

Don't worry, there are multiple and more efficient ways to delete lines in the nano text editor, and in this tutorial, I will walk you through the following:

  • Remove one line
  • Remove selected lines
  • Remove all the lines

So let's start with the first one.

Delete one line from the nano text editor

To remove one line at a time, all you have to do is place your cursor on the line that you want to remove and then press Ctrl + K and it will cut the whole line:

delete one line in the nano text editor

That's pretty easy. Right?

You can quickly undo the delete with Alt+U keys.

Delete multiple lines in the nano text editor

This is a little more complicated than removing a single line as you have to select lines and then cut them off.

But don't worry, just follow these simple steps and you'll get there in no time:

  1. Place your cursor from where you want to delete lines and press Ctrl + ^ to set the mark.
  2. Now, use your arrow keys to make selections.
  3. Once done, simply press Ctrl + K to cut lines from the nano editor.

Sound complex? Let me show you how you do it:

delete multiple lines of text from the nano text editor

Delete everything from a file in the Nano editor

Sure you can use any of the two methods to delete everything but it is not the most efficient way (yes, I'm about to show you the most efficient one).

To delete everything, you have to follow 2 simple steps:

  1. Press Alt + \ to jump to the beginning of the line.
  2. Now, press Alt + T and it will remove everything.
delete everything from file in nano text editor

That was pretty easy. Right?

Recover Deleted Text with Undo

Want to get back deleted text in the nano text editor? here's how you can undo and redo the previous action in the nano editor:

How to Undo and Redo in Nano [Quick Tip]
Nothing is permanent. Certainly not the changes you made while editing files in Nano editor.

Want to learn nano basics? Here's a beginner's guide to the nano editor:

Editing Files With Nano in Linux [With Cheat Sheet]
Though Nano is less complicated to use than Vim and Emacs, it doesn’t mean Nano cannot be overwhelming. Learn how to use the Nano text editor.

I hope you will find this helpful.