Nudge current line up or down

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We recently wrote about how to reposition the current line to the top, middle, or bottom of the current viewport. This can help you get a better view of the working area. But there is another related tip that can give you finer-grained control over the position of your current line: Move the current line up or down one with ctrl-e and ctrl-y.

  • ctrl-e – Repositions the current line in the viewport up one line. Your cursor remains on the present line, but the line shifts upward exposing an additional line of code below.
  • ctrl-y – Repositions the current line in the viewport down one line. Your cursor remains on the present line, but the line shifts downward exposing an additional line of code above.

Here’s a quick screencast of both of these:

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