If I have a full terminal history then the cursor will line up at the very bottom of the window. I generally prefer working more toward the middle of the page. Especially since I usually keep the terminal in the bottom right quadrant, it feels like I'm falling off the page to type in the terminal.

I'd like to be able to scroll down past the last line or add a bottom margin for new commands

Here's a normal terminal window:

Normal Terminal

Here's what I'd like instead:

Scrolled Terminal

Note: I know I can clear history with Cmd + K, but that's more of a workaround.


I here what you're saying however the only thing I know of is to use the clear command. It keep's the history intact while returning the prompt to the top of the Terminal window.

I added an alias for clear to my ~/.profile file. Or ~/.bash_profile file if using it instead.

alias c='clear'

Now I just press CEnter. Then scroll back into the history as needed.

  • I'll leave open for now in case anyone has any other ideas, but clear is much better than Ctrl + K because it leaves the history intact. It still requires manual intervention, but pretty much does everything else I'm looking for. Thanks! – KyleMit Aug 17 '15 at 2:08
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    @KyleMit, Because of the manual intervention this is why I use an alias for the command, since pressing two keys in this case is easier/faster then pressing 5 keys. :) – user3439894 Aug 17 '15 at 2:13

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