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How Can I Select and Delete All Text in Nano?

“Text selection and deletion is also a very important aspect of text editing. Therefore, every text editor should provide you with the ways in which you can easily perform these tasks. As far as this article is concerned, then we will talk about the method of selecting and deleting all the text in the Nano editor.”

Method of Selecting and Deleting All the Text in Nano

For selecting and deleting all the text by using the Nano editor, you have to perform the following steps:

Step # 1: Open the Desired Text File With the Nano Editor

First, we will open the text file whose entire text we wish to select and delete with the Nano editor by executing the command given below:

$ nano abc.txt

This command will open the specified file with the Nano editor.

Step # 2: Set the Start Marker for the Entire Text Deletion

After opening the desired file, we need to set the start marker for starting the selection of our text. For doing that, we will point our cursor to the beginning of the text file with the help of the arrow keys and then press the “Ctrl + A” key combination as shown in the following image:

Step # 3: Select the Entire Text

Once the start marker is set, we can begin with the text selection by making use of the right arrow key on the keyboard. We will keep pressing this key until the entire text of the file has been selected, as shown in the image below:

Step # 4: Delete the Entire Text

Now, for deleting the entire selected text, we will simply press the “Ctrl + K” key combination. Right after pressing this key combination, you will no longer be able to see the selected text within your file, which will be an indication of the successful deletion, as shown in the following image:


With this guide, we wanted to teach you the process of selecting and deleting all the text by using the Nano editor. Once you follow these steps, you will conveniently be able to select and delete your text using the Nano editor in Linux.

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Karim Buzdar

Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.