Is it possible to make the occur mode grab the cursor (point)?, right now when I do M-x occur and search anything in a buffer, it will open the new buffer with the findings but the cursor stays in the buffer instead going to the findings.

I have to do C-x 0 to go to the other buffer every time I do a search.

I tried doing it with a blank init.el just in case is helm or some other package, but I haven't been able to make it focus the cursor on the new buffer.

(I know that there's the helm-occur that does that, but is it possible with any command or function to make the cursor change to the active buffer when that command opens a new buffer? )

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    The correct way to navigate is to use M-g M-n and M-g M-p bindings to jump to each occurrence of your search term without jumping to the *Occur* buffer. I learnt that trick from here. Jun 16, 2015 at 19:00

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Occur has a hook, occur-hook, that contains a list of functions to run after a match is found. So we can add a hook to jump to the *Occur* window there:

(add-hook 'occur-hook
          '(lambda ()
             (switch-to-buffer-other-window "*Occur*")))
  • Awesome!. It works perfectly. So, I can use switch-to-buffer-other-window with anything that exposes a hook. Can I?.
    – Fabman
    Jun 16, 2015 at 17:22
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    Sure, as long as you know the name of the buffer you want to switch to. You can call any function from any hook. That isn't guaranteed to be a good idea in all cases, but it's up to you to decide! You have to pay special attention to when the hook is called - some are called in advance of a function, some after it runs. The name and/or the documentation string usually explain this for a particular hook.
    – Tyler
    Jun 16, 2015 at 17:25

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