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Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition by Robert Love, Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Arnold Robbins

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Absolutely Essential Commands

If you’re just getting started with Emacs, here’s a short list of the most important commands.

Keystrokes

Description

C-h

Enter the online help system.

C-x C-s

Save the file.

C-x C-c

Exit Emacs.

C-x u

Undo last edit (can be repeated).

C-g

Get out of current command operation.

C-p

Move up to the previous line.

C-n

Move down to the next line.

C-f

Move forward one character.

C-b

Move backward one character.

C-v

Move forward by one screen.

M-v

Move backward by one screen

C-s

Search forward for characters.

C-r

Search backward for characters.

C-d

Delete the current character.

Del

Delete the previous character.

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