FILE. Open, Ctrl-X, Ctrl-F. Save, Ctrl-X, Ctrl-S. Save As, Ctrl-X, Ctrl-W. Save All, Ctrl-X, S. Revert to File, Ctrl-X, Ctrl-V. Revert Buffer, Meta-X, revert-buffer. 58 time-saving Hotkeys for Emacs Extensive, exportable, wiki-style reference lists for Keyboard Shortcuts/Hotkeys. 51 Keyboard Shortcuts for Emacs at The internet’s online database for keyboard shortcuts.

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GNU Emacs can open text files in multiple character sets and its functionality can be enhanced with Emacs Lisp programs.

All hotkeys – Emacs Hotkeys

Find file in hotieys window. Today, most commonly used keyboard shortcuts have been somewhat informally standardized.

Go to any node by name. Prefix each emavs starts with. Run a shell hotekys on the region. Find tag in other window. Replace this one, go to next. Character delete, not kill – forward. Delete this window for frame. Some programs used Escape to cancel an action, some used it to complete one; WordPerfect used it to repeat a character. Undo effect of last character.


The common keyboard used around emacs era in the s are those keyboards from Lisp Machines. Set fill column to arg. The digit key shortcuts, 0 to 9, are also good user space.

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GNU Emacs keyboard shortcuts

Prefix each line with string. Split window, above and below. Character delete, not kill – backward. Go to beginning of buffer. Its aim was in part to bring about harmony between MS-DOS applications, which until then had implemented totally different user interfaces. Find file read-only in other window for frame. Select menu item by number. Find a tag a definition. Suspend or iconify Emacs. GNU Emacs Text editing. Complete up to one word.

As you point out, anyone using Emacs can very easily change this based on their own ergonomic preferences. Indent region rigidly arg columns. Scroll to previous screen.

Why Emacs Keys are Painful

Select buffer in other window for frame. Go to end of buffer.

Follow cross reference return with 1. Indent current line mode-dependent.

Save a file back to disk. Copy region to kill ring. Expand previous word dynamically.

Why Emacs Keys are Painful

It was a sign hhotkeys expertise to have learned the UIs of dozens of applications, since a novice user facing a new program would find their existing knowledge of a similar application absolutely no use whatsoever. Scroll current line to center, top, bottom.


End keyboard macro definition. Many emacs users have injured their hands with emacs, and emacs’s Ctrl and Meta combinations are the most cited reasons as the eemacs turnoff to potential users among programers. Save value of point in register. It would have been hard to get the new Emacs bindings accepted by the community if they differed for such basic commands. So, the Ctrl hotkets is the primary modifier, and the Meta is secondary to Ctrl. Insert contents of another file into this buffer.

Skip to next without replacing. Save region in register. Show commands matching a string. Return to directory node. Find next occurence of a tag.

GNU Emacs is the most popular port of the Emacs text editor. P is for Print.