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The Emacs Editor


  • Service: How to get help for your own Emacs needs.

    Here are some other nodes which are really inferiors of the ones already listed, mentioned here so you can get to them in one step:

    --- The Detailed Node Listing ---

    The Organization of the Screen

  • Point: The place in the text where editing commands operate.
  • Echo Area: Short messages appear at the bottom of the screen.
  • Mode Line: Interpreting the mode line.
  • Menu Bar: How to use the menu bar.

    Basic Editing Commands

  • Inserting Text: Inserting text by simply typing it.
  • Moving Point: How to move the cursor to the place where you want to change something.
  • Erasing: Deleting and killing text.
  • Undo: Undoing recent changes in the text.
  • Files: Visiting, creating, and saving files.
  • Help: Asking what a character does.
  • Blank Lines: Commands to make or delete blank lines.
  • Continuation Lines: Lines too wide for the screen.
  • Position Info: What page, line, row, or column is point on?
  • Arguments: Numeric arguments for repeating a command.

    The Minibuffer

  • Minibuffer File: Entering file names with the minibuffer.
  • Minibuffer Edit: How to edit in the minibuffer.
  • Completion: An abbreviation facility for minibuffer input.
  • Minibuffer History: Reusing recent minibuffer arguments.
  • Repetition: Re-executing commands that used the minibuffer.


  • Help Summary: Brief list of all Help commands.
  • Key Help: Asking what a key does in Emacs.
  • Name Help: Asking about a command, variable or function name.
  • Apropos: Asking what pertains to a given topic.
  • Library Keywords: Finding Lisp libraries by keywords (topics).
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