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The Emacs Editor
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7.3 Summary of Commands by Key

Emacs commands are presented below in two alphabetical lists. Reminder: Tables list keystrokes, command name, and description. C- indicates the Control key; M- indicates the Meta key.

7.3.1 Control-key Sequences

C-@ set-mark-command Mark the beginning (or end) of a region.
C-SPACE (same as previous)
C-] (none) Exit recursive edit and exit query-replace.
C-a beginning-of-line Move to beginning of line.
C-b backward-char Move backward one character (left).
C-c C-c interrupt-shell-subjob Terminate the current job.
C-c C-d shell-send-eof End of file character.
C-c C-u kill-shell-input Erase current line.
C-c C-w backward-kill-word Erase the previous word.
C-c C-z stop-shell-subjob Suspend the current job.
C-d delete-char Delete character under cursor.
C-e end-of-line Move to end of line.
C-f forward-char Move forward one character (right).
C- keyboard-quit Abort current command.
C-h help-command Enter the online help system.
C-h a command-apropos What commands involve this concept?
C-h b describe-bindings What are all the key bindings for this buffer?
C-h C-c describe-copying View the emacs General Public License.
C-h C-d describe-distribution View information on ordering emacs from FSF.
C-h C-w describe-no-warranty View the (non-)warranty for emacs.
C-h c describe-key-briefly What command does this keystroke sequence run?
C-h f describe-function What does this function do?
C-h i info Start the info documentation reader.
C-h k describe-key What command does this keystroke sequence run, and what does it do?
C-h l view-lossage What are the last 100 characters I typed?
C-h m describe-mode Tell me about the mode the current buffer is in.
C-h n view-emacs-news View news about updates to emacs.
C-h s describe-syntax What is the syntax table for this buffer?
C-h t help-with-tutorial Run the emacs tutorial.
C-h v describe-variable What does this variable mean, and what is its value?
C-h w where-is What is the key binding for this command?
C-k kill-line Delete from cursor to end of line.
C-l recenter Redraw screen with current line in the center.
C-n next-line Move to next line (down).
C-p previous-line Move to previous line (up).
C-r Meta (none) Start nonincremental search backwards.
C-r (none) Repeat nonincremental search backward.
C-r (none) Enter recursive edit (during query replace).
C-r isearch-backward Start incremental search backward.
C-s Meta (none) Start nonincremental search forward.
C-s (none) Repeat nonincremental search forward.
C-s isearch-forward Start incremental search forward.
C-t transpose-chars Transpose two letters.
C-u n universal-argument Repeat the next command n times.
C-u C-x ( start-kbd-macro Execute last macro defined, then add keystrokes.
C-u C-x q (none) Insert recursive edit in a macro definition.
C-v scroll-up Move forward one screen.
C-w kill-region Delete a marked region.
C-x ( start-kbd-macro Start macro definition.
C-x ) end-kbd-macro End macro definition.
C-x [ backward-page Move backward one page.
C-x ] forward-page Move forward one page.
C-x ^ enlarge-window Make window taller.
C-x {

shrink-window- horizontally

Make window narrower.
C-x } enlarge-window-horizontally Make window wider.
C-x < scroll-left Scroll the window left.
C-x > scroll-right Scroll the window right.
C-x - inverse-add-lobal-abbrev Type global abbreviation, then definition.
C-x . set-fill-prefix Prepend each line in paragraph with characters from beginning of line up to cursor column; cancel prefix by typing this command in column 1.
C-x 0 delete-window Delete current window.
C-x 1 delete-other-windows Delete all windows but this one.
C-x 2 split-window-horizontally Divide current window horizontally into two.
C-x 4 b switch-to-buffer-other-window Select a buffer in the other window.
C-x 4 f find-file-other-window Find a file in the other window.
C-x 5 split-window-vertically Divide current window vertically into two.
C-x b switch-to-buffer Move to the buffer specified.
C-x C-b list-buffers Display the buffer list.
C-x C-c save-buffers-kill-emacs Exit emacs.
C-x C-f find-file Find file and read it.
C-x C-h inverse-add-local-abbrev Type local abbreviation, then definition.
C-x C-l downcase-region Lowercase region.
C-x C-p mark-page Mark page.
C-x C-q (none) Toggle read-only status of buffer.
C-x C-s save-buffer Save file (may hang terminal; use C-q to restart).
C-x C-t transpose-lines Transpose two lines.
C-x C-u upcase-region Uppercase region
C-x C-v find-alternate-file Read an alternate file, replacing the one read with C-x C-f.
C-x C-w write-file Write buffer contents to file.
C-x C-x exchange-point-and-mark Exchange location of cursor and mark.
C-x DEL backward-kill-sentence Delete previous sentence.
C-x e call-last-kbd-macro Execute last macro defined.
C-x h mark-whole-buffer Mark buffer.
C-x i insert-file Insert file at cursor position.
C-x k kill-buffer Delete the buffer specified.
C-x o other-window Move to the other window.
C-x q kbd-macro-query Inserts a query in a macro definition.
C-x s save-some-buffers Ask whether to save each modified buffer.
C-x u advertised-undo Undo last edit (can be done repeatedly).
C-y yank Restore what you've deleted.
C-z suspend-emacs Suspend emacs (use exit or fg to restart).

7.3.2 Meta-key Sequences

Meta (none) Exit a query-replace or successful search.
M- - M-c

negative-argument; capitalize-word

Capitalize previous word.
M- - M-l

negative-argument; downcase-word

Lowercase previous word.
M- - M-u

negative-argument; upcase-word

Uppercase previous word.
M-$ spell-word Check spelling of word after cursor.
M-< beginning-of-buffer Move to beginning of file.
M-> end-of-buffer Move to end of file.
M-[ backward-paragraph Move backward one paragraph.
M-] forward-paragraph Move forward one paragraph.
M-^ delete-indentation Join this line to the previous one.
M- n digit-argument Repeat the next command n times.
M- n C-x e digit-argument and call-last-kbd-macro Execute the last defined macro, n times.
M-a backward-sentence Move backward one sentence.
M-b backward-word Move one word backward .
M-C-\ indent-region Indent a region to match first line in region.
M-C-c exit-recursive-edit Exit a recursive edit.
M-C-o split-line Split line at cursor; indent to column of cursor.
M-C-v scroll-other-window Scroll other window.
M-c capitalize-word Capitalize first letter of word.
M-d kill-word Delete word that cursor is on.
M-DEL backward-kill-word Delete previous word.
M-e forward-sentence Move forward one sentence.
M-f forward-word Move one word forward .
M- fill-region Reformat individual paragraphs within a region.
M-h mark-paragraph Mark paragraph.
M-k kill-sentence Delete sentence the cursor is on.
M-l downcase-word Lowercase word.
M-m back-to-indentation Move cursor to first non-blank character on line.
M-q fill-paragraph Reformat paragraph.
M-s center-line Center line that cursor is on.
M-t transpose-words Transpose two words.
M-u upcase-word Uppercase word.
M-v scroll-down Move backward one screen.
M-x (none) Access text name of command keystrokes.


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