I can't jump to every instance of a character, for instance consider this line :

if( c == '\n' || c == ' ' || c == '\n') continue;

Pressing avy-shortcut SPACE to label all the white spaces will only allow me to jump at the spaces between the c and the =, all the other spaces after and before the (, ), | are ignored. Any idea on how to fix this behavior ?

  • what command are you acutally using ? avy-goto-char ?
    – bertfred
    Sep 26, 2016 at 17:33

1 Answer 1


It looks like your avy shortcut is bound to avy-goto-word-1, while what you want here is avy-goto-char.

Try M-x avy-goto-char SPC and you will see that when word boundaries are ignored, all spaces are matched. On the other hand, avy-goto-word-1 is searching for a word boundary followed by a space. In your example text that happens to find the spaces following the word "c".

You'll see the same behavior with M-x search-forward-regexp RET \b SPC (ie search forward for the regular expression \b followed by a space). In Emacs regular expressions, \b matches the empty string at the beginning or end of word, where the current syntax table defines what characters are considered part of a word.

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