Looking at the keybindings here http://orgmode.org/guide/Structure-editing.html#Structure-editing, it asks us to use


to add a TODO at the same level. What does the S here mean? I have tried shift and capital S, neither have worked.

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    It does mean shift. Verify that it's defined with C-h k and the keysequence, if it is perhaps something is intercepting the keypress at the operating system level.
    – user2699
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 20:36
  • It says I am only doing M-<RET>, so that seems to be the issue. Any pointers on how to get system to stop doing that? I'm using iTerm2 on osX
    – Andrew
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 20:50
  • Also feel free to add your comment as an answer so I can accept it
    – Andrew
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 20:51
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    n.b. There are lots of Emacs Q&As about the limited key-sequence support provided by terminals. Here's a recent one with good information and links: emacs.stackexchange.com/q/1020/454
    – phils
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 22:15
  • Please consider accepting the answer. This question still shows up as unanswered. Thx.
    – Drew
    Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 17:52

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The "S" means "shift". Since you're using a terminal, you can't type a keyboard shortcut that uses shift unless the shift is modifying a letter (if the shortcut were C-S-j, Emacs would see C-J and know it was the same thing).

Use Emacs outside of your terminal instead, where it has a wider set of capabilities.

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