I'm running iTerm2. When do a text search F, pressing Return moves the highlighted occurrence back (the previous occurrence). Is there a way to make it move to the next (forward) occurrence?


Searching in reverse is apparently how iTerm's search works by design (see https://gitlab.com/gnachman/iterm2/issues/4491).

As a user, I also find this design decision confusing.

If you would like to make Find Next / Find Previous in iTerm behave consistently with other apps, here are the proper keybinding overrides to add in System Preferences > Keyboard.

Note that I had to restart iTerm for the keybindings to fully take effect.

iterm find keybinding overrides

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  • Can I ask what is going on with the "Function Keys" entry in your settings here? I do not have that on Mac os mojave, I don't think I've ever seen it – Devin G Rhode Dec 28 '19 at 1:50
  • @DevinGRhode It looks like Function Keys is related to the MacBook Pro touch bar. Any chance you are working on a non-touch bar machine? – Taylor Edmiston Mar 9 at 19:34
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    I was working on a non-touchbar machine, yes. – Devin G Rhode Mar 9 at 21:08

Try using Shift+Enter to reach the next occurrence.

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  • We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer: please explain why you're recommending it as a solution. Answers that don't explain anything may be deleted. – Allan May 2 '16 at 17:39
  • I apologize, I'm new here. I tried to find documentation on the internet to back up my personal experience, and I found this thread. In the future, should I find a source on the web with my answers? groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/iterm2-discuss/find/… – TMHahn May 2 '16 at 17:43
  • That's ok...it's how we learn.....but I don't belive shift-enter does anything in this context. You might want to try Cmd-G or just Enter – Allan May 2 '16 at 17:54
  • Cmd-G also works in reverse – tar Feb 16 '17 at 14:06

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