How To Get Out Of Nano In Centos

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Getting out of the Nano text editor in CentOS can be a bit confusing, especially for beginners. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! In this article, I will guide you through the different methods to exit Nano and share some personal tips and tricks along the way.

Exiting Nano using Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the easiest ways to exit Nano is by using keyboard shortcuts. Press Ctrl and X simultaneously to exit Nano. You will then be prompted to save the changes you made or discard them. If you’re happy with your changes, press Y to save, or N to discard. Finally, press Enter to confirm your choice.

Using the Menu Bar

If you prefer a more visual approach, Nano also provides a menu bar at the bottom of the screen. To access the menu, press Ctrl and Shift simultaneously. From the menu, select the Exit option. You will still be prompted to save your changes before exiting.

Forcing an Exit

Sometimes, you might encounter a situation where Nano becomes unresponsive or doesn’t allow you to exit using the usual methods. In such cases, you can force Nano to exit by pressing Ctrl and C simultaneously. However, be cautious when using this method, as it doesn’t give you a chance to save your changes.

My Personal Tips and Tricks

Here are a few additional tips and tricks that I’ve picked up while using Nano in CentOS:

  1. Remember to save your changes regularly by pressing Ctrl and O simultaneously. This will write the changes to the file without exiting Nano.
  2. If you’re unsure about a command or shortcut, you can always refer to the help documentation by pressing Ctrl and G simultaneously.
  3. Customize your Nano experience by creating a .nanorc file in your home directory. This file allows you to set preferences and define custom key bindings.


Exiting Nano in CentOS doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Whether you prefer keyboard shortcuts or the menu bar, there are several methods to gracefully exit Nano. Remember to save your changes before exiting, and don’t be afraid to explore the customization options available in Nano. Happy editing!