I'm using a keyboard without arrow keys because well... its Emacs!

However, I realized that (org-do-promote) is bound to M-left.

I find it hard to accept this 'tragic' situation ;D

Do I really have to custom global-set-key this?

Ideas on keybindings are also very welcome

Thanks in advance

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Org does provide some extra bindings "for TTY access". They are on by default only if window-system is nil, but otherwise disabled. However, you can enable them manually by setting org-use-extra-keys to non-nil before loading Org.

With org-use-extra-keys, you can use C-c C-x l/C-c C-x r, which are also bound to org-metaleft/org-metaright in org-mode-map.

  • Thanks for the input :D However, C-c C-x l & C-c C-x r doesn't seem to work for me... Having a quick look at C-h v org-mode-map, I found org-metaleft solely bound to M-left (taking a look at the variable helped a lot tho) Or was the answer an idea on making custom keybindings? Nov 9, 2020 at 4:18
  • No, I was not suggesting you do new bindings, those are set by default for me, I did not create them. But damn it, this binding is reported on my C-h k M-<right>, (I use helpful). And they don't work out of the box for me too. So, I checked org-keys.el and it seems you may need extra steps, I'll update the answer.
    – gusbrs
    Nov 9, 2020 at 10:05
  • Customized the variable to non-nil and got it working :D I wonder what list of extra bindings are added tho... C-c C-x u seem to be org-metaup but I can't seem to find the binding for org-metadown (which is odd) Accepted the answer because my original question is fully answered - thanks! Nov 9, 2020 at 13:15
  • To check the full list, take a look at org-keys.el and search for org-use-extra-keys. ;-)
    – gusbrs
    Nov 9, 2020 at 15:12
  • Aha! thank you very much ;D Nov 10, 2020 at 1:12

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