Fix “Page Up” key in to work with irssi

Oct 29, 2007 - 5 Comments

Terminal in OS X Recently while using the OS X Terminal I noticed that the “Page Up” and “Page Down” keys do not send an actual page up sequence to an active Terminal session. This was discovered with the irssi app, but it actually pertains to the Terminal in general.

Instead, it seems that the default behavior is to manipulate the’s built in buffer. This works well for every day use in the Terminal, but if you are using a program like irssi, which has its own buffer, this can be an annoyance.

The solution is simple and can be solved with a simple key combination modifiers to page up and page down within Terminal applications, and not their app buffers.

Keyboards on MacBook Pro, Powerbook, iBook, and Macbook owners can try using :

[shift][fn]-[page up]


[shift][fn]-[page down]

If you have a standard Apple or Mac keyboard use the following instead:

[shift]-[page up]


[shift]-[page down]

If you would to edit any other keyboard settings in the Terminal, here is a screenshot for your reference.

Please note that this is a screen shot from OS X Leopard (10.5) which will differ from OS X Tiger (10.4) and other versions of OS X, but the behavior remains in other versions of Mac OS X as well..


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Posted by: Bill Ellis in Command Line, Mac Apps, Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. rafiks says:

    thanks! this really bothered me a lot.

  2. Fil says:

    Just used this to add ctrl-up and ctrl-down to my irssi+screen setup. Thanks!

  3. bkw says:


  4. Scott says:

    Thanks so much, I was on the verge of hurling my macbook at a wall not being able to use my beloved irssi!

  5. Aurimas says:

    Any idea how to “fix” so chars -./ were treated as part of the word with double click select? Or how to rename tabs?

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