I encounter many situations where I'd like to use mc/mark-next-lines but I don't know how to change the number of cursors. When I do C-u 2 mc/mark-next-lines I get 7 cursors instead of 3.

It would be neat if I could pass a two to this command to get 2 cursors. I don't see any sense in that bevhaviour.

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    Shouldn't you use mc/mark-next-like-this? If no region, marks next lines depending on argument.
    – Juancho
    Sep 26, 2016 at 20:40
  • this is the command I was looking for. I wouldn't have expected this functionality with this name. thx !
    – bertfred
    Sep 26, 2016 at 21:05
  • @Juancho: Please post your comment as an answer. OP: Please consider accepting that answer.
    – Drew
    Sep 26, 2016 at 21:09

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The function you are looking for is mc/mark-next-like-this.

If you have no active region, then it will select one (or more) extra lines.


Find and mark the next part of the buffer matching the currently active region If no region is active add a cursor on the next line With negative ARG, delete the last one instead. With zero ARG, skip the last one and mark next.

I have it bound to C-x x.

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