Kali Linux users have a lot of typing ahead of them. The process of gathering reconnaisance information before launching an attack, and finally using penetration testing tools against a target system, usually involves a lot of keystrokes and maybe a few command line terminals.
To maximize your productivity in Kali and save yourself some time, you can learn some keyboard shortcuts. In this guide, we’ve compiled a bunch of useful keyboard shortcuts into a cheat sheet, so you can refer back to it any time you need. We’ll also show you how to create your own keyboard shortcuts.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- Kali Linux keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet
- How to create custom keyboard shortcuts
|Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
|Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the
# – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
Kali keyboard shortcuts
|Ctrl + Alt + T
|Open a new command line terminal
|Alt + F4
|Close current window
|Alt + F11
|Maximize current window
|Take a screenshot
|Super + PrtSc
|Open Kazam (screenshot/screencast tool)
|Alt + F3
|Open Application Finder
|Ctrl + D
|Close terminal window
|Ctrl + C
|Cancel currently running command
|Ctrl + L
|Ctrl + +
|Ctrl + –
|Ctrl + A
|Move cursor to beginning of line
|Ctrl + B
|Move cursor backward one character
|Ctrl + E
|Move cursor to end of line
|Ctrl + F
|Move cursor forward one character
Create custom keyboard shortcuts
Again, these steps are for the Xfce desktop environment. Other environments also have their own keyboard shortcut menus, so the steps below should still apply.
- Search for “keyboard” in the application launcher to open the keyboard settings menu.
- Select the “Application Shortcuts” tab. You can see all currently configured keyboard shortcuts, and add your own with the “add” button at the bottom. If you want to get rid of any shortcuts, you can highlight them and click “remove.”
In this guide, we saw some useful keyboard shortcuts for Kali Linux. We also saw how to configure custom keyboard shortcuts. This can help improve your workflow, as it saves keystrokes and will keep you from reaching for the mouse as often. Most of the terminal shortcuts will also apply for any Linux system, so they can be useful regardless of what distro you’re using.