Say I run ag or grep via M-x and display a window with search results. Say I then use my enter key to open a result. How can I force emacs to open this result in the same window as the search results are currently displaying, rather than a different window?

  • Do you mean the same window instead of buffer? Reusing the same buffer would overwrite the search results. See also the answers to this question for further clarification.
    – Basil
    Jun 30 '17 at 5:34
  • good shout. Edited
    – Abraham P
    Jun 30 '17 at 9:07
  • Do you want to be able to pick between using the current or a different window, or do you only ever want the current window to be reused?
    – Basil
    Jun 30 '17 at 9:50
  • See related questions here, here and here.
    – Basil
    Jun 30 '17 at 9:52
  • Ideally I am looking for the equivalent of pressing o vs Enter in Dired mode (e,g an easy way to pick one or the other) Thanks for the links, will look through them over lunch!
    – Abraham P
    Jun 30 '17 at 10:01

Something like this should work for all modes derived from compilation-mode:

(defun my-compile-goto-error-same-window ()
  (let ((display-buffer-overriding-action
           (inhibit-same-window . nil))))
    (call-interactively #'compile-goto-error)))

(defun my-compilation-mode-hook ()
  (local-set-key (kbd "o") #'my-compile-goto-error-same-window))

(add-hook 'compilation-mode-hook #'my-compilation-mode-hook)

With this snippet added to your init file, pressing o in a grep buffer (or any buffer derived from compilation-mode) will open the location in the same window.

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