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Insert word at point in minibuffer

From: The Badger
Subject: Insert word at point in minibuffer
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:47:04 -0700
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20080708)


I wanted to be able to insert the word at point into the minibuffer. This is useful when doing, for example, M-x query-replace on the word at point. You run the query-replace, hit a key to put the current word into the minibuffer, and go from there. Quite often I want to do this, so it saves time over typing the word in over and over.

My solution is presented below. However, can this be done out of the box in Emacs? The less custom code I have to write, the better. God knows I have enough of that in Emacs already.

(defun badger-minibuffer-yank-word ()
 "Insert into the minibuffer the word at point in the selected
window.  If invoked outside of the minibuffer, throw an error.

A good way to use this function is to bind it to a key in
mini-buffer-local-map, like so:

   minibuffer-local-map (kbd \"C-w\") 'njs-buffer-yank)

If point is not at a word, throw an error."

 (insert (njs-call-in-buffer (lambda () (thing-at-point 'word))
                             (window-buffer (minibuffer-selected-window))))
    (set-buffer (window-buffer (minibuffer-selected-window)))
    (thing-at-point 'word)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "M-w") 'badger-minibuffer-yank-word)

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