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Chapter 24. The Emacs Editor > Summary of Commands by Name

24.6. Summary of Commands by Name

The following Emacs commands are presented alphabetically by command name. Use M-x to access the command name. Tables list command name, keystroke, and description. C- indicates the Ctrl key; M- indicates the Meta key.

Command Binding Action
macroname (none) Execute a keyboard macro you've saved.
abbrev-mode (none) Enter (or exit) word abbreviation mode.
abort-recursive-edit C-] Exit recursive edit and query replace.
advertised-undo C-x u Undo last edit (can be done repeatedly).
apropos (none) What functions and variables involve this concept?
back-to-indentation M-m Move cursor to first nonblank character on line.
backward-char C-b Move backward one character (left).
backward-delete-char Del Delete previous character.
backward-kill-paragraph (none) Delete previous paragraph.
backward-kill-sentence C-x Del Delete previous sentence.
backward-kill-word C-c C-w Delete previous word.
backward-kill-word M-Del Delete previous word.
backward-page C-x [ Move backward one page.
backward-paragraph M-{ Move backward one paragraph.
backward-sentence M-a Move backward one sentence.
backward-word M-b Move backward one word.
beginning-of-buffer M-< Move to beginning of file.
beginning-of-line C-a Move to beginning of line.
call-last-kbd-macro C-x e Execute last macro defined.
capitalize-region (none) Capitalize region.
capitalize-word M-c Capitalize first letter of word.
center-line (none) Center line that cursor is on.
center-paragraph (none) Center paragraph that cursor is on.
center-region (none) Center currently defined region.
command-apropos C-h a What commands involve this concept?
compare-windows (none) Compare two buffers; show first difference.
delete-char C-d Delete character under cursor.
delete-indentation M-^ Join this line to previous one.
delete-other-windows C-x 1 Delete all windows but this one.
delete-window C-x 0 Delete current window.
delete-windows-on (none) Delete all windows on a given buffer.
describe-bindings C-h b What are all the key bindings for in this buffer?
describe-copying C-h C-c View the Emacs General Public License.
describe-distribution C-h C-d View information on ordering Emacs from the FSF.
describe-function C-h f What does this function do?
describe-key C-h k What command does this keystroke sequence run, and what does it do?
describe-key-briefly C-h c What command does this keystroke sequence run?
describe-mode C-h m Tell me about the mode the current buffer is in.
describe-no-warranty C-h C-w View the (non)warranty for Emacs.
describe-syntax C-h s What is the syntax table for this buffer?
describe-variable C-h v What does this variable mean, and what is its value?
digit-argument M-n Repeat next command n times.
downcase-region C-x C-l Lowercase region.
downcase-word M-l Lowercase word.
edit-abbrevs (none) Edit word abbreviations.
end-kbd-macro C-x ) End macro definition.
end-of-buffer M-> Move to end-of-file.
end-of-line C-e Move to end-of-line.
enlarge-window C-x ^ Make window taller.
enlarge-window-horizontally C-x } Make window wider.
exchange-point-and-mark C-x C-x Exchange location of cursor and mark.
exit-recursive-edit M-C-c Exit a recursive edit.
fill-individual-paragraphs (none) Reformat indented paragraphs, keeping indentation.
fill-paragraph M-q Reformat paragraph.
fill-region (none) Reformat individual paragraphs within a region.
find-alternate-file C-x C-v Read an alternate file, replacing the one currently in the buffer.
find-file C-x C-f Find file and read it.
find-file-other-frame C-x 5 f Find a file in another frame.
find-file-other-window C-x 4 f Find a file in another window.
forward-char C-f Move forward one character (right).
forward-page C-x ] Move forward one page.
forward-paragraph M-} Move forward one paragraph.
forward-sentence M-e Move forward one sentence.
forward-word M-f Move forward one word.
goto-char (none) Go to character n of file.
goto-line (none) Go to line n of file.
help-command C-h Enter the online help system.
help-with-tutorial C-h t Run the Emacs tutorial.
indent-region M-C-\ Indent a region to match first line in region.
indented-text-mode (none) Major mode: each tab defines a new indent for subsequent lines.
info C-h i Start the Info documentation reader.
insert-file C-x i Insert file at cursor position.
insert-last-keyboard-macro (none) Insert the macro you named into a file.
interrupt-shell-subjob C-c C-c Terminate the current job (shell mode).
inverse-add-global-abbrev C-x a - Define previous word as global (mode-independent) abbreviation.
inverse-add-mode-abbrev C-x a i l Define previous word as mode-specific abbreviation.
isearch-backward C-r Start incremental search backward.
isearch-backward-regexp M-C-r Same, but search for regular expression.
isearch-forward C-s Start incremental search forward.
isearch-forward-regexp M-C-s Same, but search for regular expression.
kbd-macro-query C-x q Insert a query in a macro definition.
keyboard-quit C-g Abort current command.
kill-all-abbrevs (none) Kill abbreviations for this session.
kill-buffer C-x k Delete the buffer specified.
kill-line C-k Delete from cursor to end-of-line.
kill-paragraph (none) Delete from cursor to end of paragraph.
kill-region C-w Delete a marked region.
kill-sentence M-k Delete sentence the cursor is on.
kill-shell-input C-c C-u Delete current line.
kill-some-buffers (none) Ask about deleting each buffer.
kill-word M-d Delete word the cursor is on.
list-abbrevs (none) View word abbreviations.
list-buffers C-x C-b Display buffer list.
load-file (none) Load macro files you've saved.
mark-page C-x C-p Place cursor and mark around whole page.
mark-paragraph M-h Place cursor and mark around whole paragraph.
mark-whole-buffer C-x h Place cursor and mark around whole buffer.
name-last-kbd-macro (none) Name last macro you created (before saving it).
negative-argument; capitalize-word M— M-c Capitalize previous word.
negative-argument; downcase-word M— M-l Lowercase previous word.
negative-argument; upcase-word M— M-u Uppercase previous word.
next-line C-n Move to next line (down).
other-window C-x o Move to the other window.
previous-line C-p Move to previous line (up).
query-replace M-% Search for and replace a string.
query-replace-regexp (none) Query-replace a regular expression.
quoted-insert C-q Insert next character typed. Useful for inserting a control character.
recenter C-l Redraw screen, with current line in center.
rename-buffer (none) Change buffer name to specified name.
replace-regexp (none) Replace a regular expression unconditionally.
re-search-backward (none) Simple regular-expression search backward.
re-search-forward (none) Simple regular-expression search forward.
revert-buffer (none) Restore buffer to the state it was in when the file was last saved (or auto-saved).
save-buffer C-x C-s Save file. (If terminal hangs, C-q restarts.)
save-buffers-kill-emacs C-x C-c Exit Emacs.
save-some-buffers C-x s Ask whether to save each modified buffer.
scroll-down M-v Move backward one screen.
scroll-left C-x < Scroll the window left.
scroll-other-window M-C-v Scroll other window.
scroll-right C-x > Scroll the window right.
scroll-up C-v Move forward one screen.
set-fill-prefix C-x . Prepend each line in paragraph with characters from beginning of line up to cursor column; cancel prefix by typing this command in column 1.
set-mark-command C-@ or C-Space Mark the beginning (or end) of a region.
shell-command M-! Prompt for a shell command and run it.
shell-send-eof C-c C-d End-of-file character (shell mode).
shrink-window (none) Make window shorter.
shrink-window-horizontally C-x { Make window narrower.
spell-buffer (none) Check spelling of current buffer.
spell-region (none) Check spelling of current region.
spell-string (none) Check spelling of string typed in minibuffer.
spell-word M-$ Check spelling of word after cursor.
split-line M-C-o Split line at cursor; indent to column of cursor.
split-window-horizontally C-x 3 Divide current window horizontally into two.
split-window-vertically C-x 2 Divide current window vertically into two.
start-kbd-macro C-x ( Start macro definition.
stop-shell-subjob C-c C-z Suspend current job.
suspend-emacs C-z Suspend Emacs (use fg to restart).
switch-to-buffer C-x b Move to the buffer specified.
switch-to-buffer-other-frame C-x 5 b Select a buffer in another frame.
switch-to-buffer-other- window C-x 4 b Select a buffer in another window.
text-mode (none) Enter text mode.
transpose-chars C-t Transpose two characters.
transpose-lines C-x C-t Transpose two lines.
transpose-paragraphs (none) Transpose two paragraphs.
transpose-sentences (none) Transpose two sentences.
transpose-words M-t Transpose two words.
unexpand-abbrev (none) Undo the last word abbreviation.
universal-argument C-u n Repeat the next command n times.
upcase-region C-x C-u Uppercase region.
upcase-word M-u Uppercase word.
view-emacs-news C-h n View news about updates to Emacs.
view-lossage C-h l What are the last 100 characters I typed?
where-is C-h w What is the key binding for this command?
write-abbrev-file (none) Write the word abbreviation file.
write-file C-x C-w Write buffer contents to file.
yank C-y Restore what you've deleted.



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