Emacs 26.1, Windows 10, package iedit

Suppose I want to delete text onMessage

I select this text by iedit-mode (C-;)

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To remove selected text I press many times button Backspace

Nice. It's work.

But it slow. Is is possible to delete selected text faster?

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P.S. I found solution by kill-region enter image description here

and after kill-region enter image description here


2 Answers 2


Put point into one of the iedit-occurrences and press M-D (Meta key, shift key, and D key).

That key sequence runs the command iedit-delete-occurrences that deletes all occurrences selected by iedit.

Note that I tested this with the current git-version of iedit. But I found iedit-delete-occurrences even in the v0.9.9.9 tag. So it should work with all current versions of iedit.


After you selected all the words onMessage in your example using iedit-mode your point is usually at the beginning or at the end of the word(s) depending on how you call iedit-mode.

kill-word or backward-kill-word does what you want depending on where the point on the word is.

If the point is on the beginning of the word you can use kill-word to kill all the marked words. This is bound to <C-delete>

If the point is on the end of the word then you can use backward-kill-word to kill all the marked words. This is bound to <M-backspace> or M-DEL.

  • But if I need to kill many words. Then I need to use kill-region ? Mar 4, 2019 at 10:24
  • For me kill-region does not work. Just as backspace in you example kill-word and backward-kill-word operate on all marked words at the same time. I updated my answer a bit. Hope it clarifes things a bit.
    – andrej
    Mar 4, 2019 at 13:07
  • Please clarify in the question whether you want to just delete the text or kill it. Killing it puts it on the kill-ring so you can then yank (paste) it. Deleting it does not do that.
    – Drew
    Mar 4, 2019 at 15:37
  • @andrej I test by kill-region and it's success work. I updated my post Mar 4, 2019 at 16:10
  • @Drew no matter. I just need to remove the selected text. Mar 4, 2019 at 16:11

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