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Re: mouse-less emacs

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: mouse-less emacs
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 07:53:49 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux) writes:

> I am a fairly new linux and emacs user. When I was using a text editor
> under windows, I rarely used the mouse. I used ctrl+shift+arrow keys
> to select text and ctrl+c and ctrl+v to do copy paste stuff.
> So far in linux (and emacs) whenever I need to copy/paste something, I
> highlight the text with mouse and then middle-click the mouse to paste
> it. What would be the shortcuts to do same things in emacs with
> keyboard? Especially equivalent of ctrl+shift+arrow key in emacs?

C-SPC (twice if you want to specially mark the region for a number of
region-restricted commands), move to the other side of the region.  For
copy, type M-w, for kill C-w.  At insertion point, type C-y.

It is not like Emacs does not have a handy reference card coming with

> Finally... Undo is simply ctrl+z in windows, while linux uses that
> combination to suspend the process. Emacs's ctrl+_ is difficult
> because
> 1)  those key are not close to each other
> 2) I don't have an explicit _ key. It is 'shift' of +. So I need to
> ctrl+shift+ + which is obviously harder.

C-/ is also undo.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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