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7 Basic Editing Commands

Here we explain the basics of how to enter text, make corrections, and save the text in a file. If this material is new to you, we suggest you first run the Emacs learn-by-doing tutorial, by typing C-h t (help-with-tutorial).

Inserting Text:


Inserting text by simply typing it.

Moving Point:


Moving the cursor to the place where you want to change something.



Deleting and killing text.

Basic Undo:


Undoing recent changes in the text.



Visiting, creating, and saving files.



Asking what a character does.

Blank Lines:


Making and deleting blank lines.

Continuation Lines:


How Emacs displays lines too wide for the screen.

Position Info:


What line, row, or column is point on?



Numeric arguments for repeating a command N times.



Repeating the previous command quickly.