Monday, 14 May 2012

Alt key not working in Mac OS X terminal

I have had trouble switching windows in irssi (alt + 1, alt +2, ... , alt + n) since I have been using my macbook more often. It turns out that the OS X terminal application rebinds the alt key for shortcuts.

It is possible to rebind the alt key so it will work as expected.

To do this go to,
Terminal > Preferences > Settings > Keyboard
and select 'Use option as meta key' and then the alt key will be passed through to the terminal.

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