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Pico Editing Commands
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To access the pico text editor in mason, type pico at the system prompt:> pico . If you know the name of the file you want to edit, at the prompt type: pico filename (substitute the filename with the name of your file. You can use pico to edit text documents, including html text. The ^ character denotes the Ctrl key pressed simultaneously with the letter key. 

 ^G or F1 - Display 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 or F8 - Move forward a page of text.

^Y or F7 - Move backward a page of text.

^W or F6 - Search for text, ignoring upper or lower case. 

^L - Refresh the display.

^D - Delete the character at the cursor position. 

^^ - Mark cursor position as beginning of selected text. 

^K or F9 - Cut selected text (displayed in reverse characters).

^U or F10 - Uncut (paste) last cut text inserting it at the current cursor position. 

^I - Insert a tab at the current cursor position. 

^J or F4 - Format (justify) the current paragraph. 

^T or F12 - To invoke the spelling checker

^C or F11 - Report current cursor position

^R or F5 - Insert an external file at the current cursor position.

^O or F3 - Output the current buffer to a file, saving it. 

^X or F2 - Exit pico, saving buffer.

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