PICO How_To

PICO How-To


PICO, an easy-to-use editor

Example shell commands for starting up pico editor.
    pico index.html
    pico any_file_name

Pico Help Text (original help text provided in Pico editor)

  Pico Help Text

  Pico is designed to be a simple, easy-to-use text editor with a
  layout very similar to the pine mailer.  The status line at the
  top of the display shows pico's version, the current file being
  edited and whether or not there are outstanding modifications
  that have not been saved.  The third line from the bottom is used
  to report informational messages and for additional command input.
  The bottom two lines list the available editing commands.

  Each character typed is automatically inserted into the buffer
  at the current cursor position.  Editing commands and cursor
  movement (besides arrow keys) are given to pico by typing
  special control-key sequences.  A caret, '^', is used to denote
  the control key, sometimes marked "CTRL", so the CTRL-q key
  combination is written as ^Q.

  The following functions are available in pico (where applicable,
  corresponding function key commands are in parentheses).

  ^G (F1)   Display this help text.

  ^F        move Forward a character.
  ^B        move Backward a character.
  ^P        move to the Previous line.
  ^N        move to the Next line.
  ^A        move to the beginning of the current line.
  ^E        move to the End of the current line.
  ^V (F8)   move forward a page of text.
  ^Y (F7)   move backward a page of text.
  ^W^Y      move to the top of the document.
  ^W^V      move to the bottom of the document.

  ^W (F6)   Search for (where is) text, neglecting case.
  ^L        Refresh the display.

  ^D        Delete the character at the cursor position.
  ^^        Mark cursor position as beginning of selected text.
            Note: Setting mark when already set unselects text.
  ^K (F9)   Cut selected text (displayed in inverse characters).
            Note: The selected text's boundary on the cursor side
                  ends at the left edge of the cursor.  So, with
                  selected text to the left of the cursor, the
                  character under the cursor is not selected.
  ^U (F10)  Uncut (paste) last cut text inserting it at the
            current cursor position.
  ^I        Insert a tab at the current cursor position.

  ^J (F4)   Format (justify) the current paragraph.
            Note: paragraphs delimited by blank lines or indentation.
  ^T (F12)  To invoke the spelling checker
  ^C (F11)  Report current cursor position

  ^R (F5)   Insert an external file at the current cursor position.
  ^O (F3)   Output the current buffer to a file, saving it.
  ^X (F2)   Exit pico, saving buffer.

  Pine and Pico are trademarks of the University of Washington.
  No commercial use of these trademarks may be made without prior
  written permission of the University of Washington.

  End of Help.