I'm often in the situation, that I am looking for variables and functions with helm. However when I find whatever I was looking for and I want to use it in my code I close the helm buffer, start typing and try to complete the name with company.

It's really annoying to type again after I already found the candidate I was looking for. So the question is, how can I insert the currently selected helm candidate into the previous buffer ?

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    What are you using to look up variables and functions? helm-apropos? If so, there is currently no way to insert the candidate into the buffer. If you'd like to implement such functionality, take a look at C-c i in helm-find-files-map, which eventually calls helm-insert-file-name-completion-at-point in helm-files.el. – Tianxiang Xiong Oct 15 '16 at 21:32
  • I usually use describe-variable and describe-function. Thanks for the hint regarding helm-find-files-map. – bertfred Oct 15 '16 at 21:37

You can use C-c C-k to add the current candidate to the kill ring. Pressing C-y will then insert it into the current buffer as usual.

If you want to paste the candidate directly into the buffer, you can use helm-copy-to-buffer with C-c C-i.

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