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Learning GNU Emacs, Second Edition by Eric S. Raymond, Bill Rosenblatt, Debra Cameron

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Appendix H. Quick Reference

This quick reference is arranged topically, in roughly the same order as the commands were treated in the text. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to be both “quick” and thorough, particularly with an editor as large and comprehensive as GNU Emacs. We’ve tried to take a middle road between “completeness” and “quickness”; we’ll confess that, if we’ve erred, we’ve erred on the side of quickness.

Table H-1. Working with Files and Buffers (Chapter 1, Chapter 4)

Keystrokes

Command Name

Action

emacs

(none)

When typed at the shell prompt, start Emacs.

C-x C-f

find-file

Find file and read it.

FilesOpen File

  

C-x C-v

find-alternate-file

Read an alternate file, replacing the one read with C-x C-f.

C-x i

insert-file

Insert file at cursor position.

FilesInsert File

  

C-x C-s

save-buffer

Save file.

FilesSave Buffer

  

C-x C-w

write-file

Write buffer contents to file.

FilesSave Buffer As

  

C-x C-c

save-buffers-kill-emacs

Exit Emacs.

FilesExit Emacs

  

C-z

suspend-emacs

Suspend Emacs (use exit or fg to restart).

C-x b

switch-to-buffer

Moves to the buffer specified.

C-x C-b

list-buffers

Displays the buffer list.

BuffersList All Buffers

  

Table H-2. Moving the Cursor (Chapter 2)

Keystrokes

Command Name

Action

C-f

forward-char

Move forward character (right).

C-b

backward-char

Move backward character (left).

C-p

previous-line

Move to ...

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