I'd like to know how to indent multiple lines while Python is my major mode. The link below answers my question for the most part:


However, is there a way to accomplish this while you have the following line in your .emacs file?

(cua-mode t)

When I attempt C-c > while cue-mode is enabled, nothing happens.

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    C-h k C-c > when cua-mode is not enabled, to find out what the command is. Then bind that command to some other key (globally or only in cua-mode).
    – Drew
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 4:33

2 Answers 2


There are a couple of ways to do this. The documentation for cua-mode (which can be accessed with C-h f cua-mode) says you have three options:

  • press the prefix key twice very quickly (within 0.2 seconds),
  • press the prefix key and the following key within 0.2 seconds, or
  • use the SHIFT key with the prefix key, i.e. C-S-x or C-S-c.

Alternatively, as others have said, just make your own binding for the python-indent-shift-left and python-indent-shift-right commands.


Binding it in use-package worked for me:

(use-package python
  :mode ("\\.py\\'" . python-mode)
  :bind (:map  python-mode-map
         ("C->" . python-indent-shift-right)
         ("C-<" . python-indent-shift-left))

;; more config...


The three options described by @stevoooo did not work when I had a region selected.
And I personally do not find practical to type in the 0.2 second range.

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