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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.

Erasing:

  

Deleting and killing text.

Basic Undo:

  

Undoing recent changes in the text.

Files:

  

Visiting, creating, and saving files.

Help:

  

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?

Arguments:

  

Numeric arguments for repeating a command N times.

Repeating:

  

Repeating the previous command quickly.