Within multiple-cursors-core.el <return> key is bound to multiple-cursors-mode which always ends multiple-cursors-mode, when I'd like to insert a new line.
I can unbind the key with

(define-key mc/keymap (kbd "<return>") nil)

But I wonder: is there more intended by binding <return> to multiple-cursors-mode, then just quiting multiple cursors mode?

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Type C-j [bound by default to electric-newline-and-maybe-indent], or C-q C-j [just a plain hard return], to insert a hard return when using the multiple-cursors library. The readme.md file contains the following excerpt:

To get out of multiple-cursors-mode, press <return> or C-g.
The latter will first disable multiple regions before disabling multiple cursors.
If you want to insert a newline in multiple-cursors-mode, use C-j.

Magnar most definitely intended that the return/enter key would exit multiple-cursors-mode; i.e., it is bound to multiple-cursors-mode which causes the minor-mode to turn off if it was active:


See also https://github.com/magnars/multiple-cursors.el/blob/master/multiple-cursors-core.el#L534 to examine the if/then statement.

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