I am trying to bind C-n and C-p to call next-buffer and previous-buffer. They seem to conflict with some evil-mode key bindings and I don't seem to be able to overwrite them. When I press them I get

Previous command was not evil-paste: evil-paste-pop


Previous command was not evil-paste: evil-paste-pop-next

for C-n and C-p respectively

In my .emacs file I have the following:

(global-unset-key (kbd "C-n"))
(global-set-key (kbd "C-n") 'next-buffer)
(global-unset-key (kbd "C-p"))
(global-set-key (kbd "C-p") 'previous-buffer)

The calls to global-unset-key were added as an attempt to resolve this issue, but to no avail.


Unbinding a key requires the correct keymap to work. You can look up Evil's keybindings in evil-maps.el with M-x find-library. The following snippet unbinds both keys:

(with-eval-after-load 'evil-maps
  (define-key evil-normal-state-map (kbd "C-n") nil)
  (define-key evil-normal-state-map (kbd "C-p") nil))

You can then bind both keys globally to something else and they will no longer be intercepted by Evil.


The following should work in all evil-mode states:

  '(normal insert visual replace operator motion emacs)
  (kbd "C-n") 'next-buffer)

  '(normal insert visual replace operator motion emacs)
  (kbd "C-p") 'previous-buffer)

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