For instance: When I am in C-c C-e (export), by pressing # you get extra options. How to know this?

Another example: When in a helm session, by pressing C-c C-f, you activate helm-follow-mode. But this is not obvious.

Is there a "help" shortcut to show potential keys in such buffers? Thanks!

  • How about: C-h ?
    – rpluim
    Feb 4 at 10:36
  • Please clarify your question. I get the impression you are really trying to ask what keys are available onthe prefix key C-c in some particular context. (And if so, one answer to that is to use C-h: C-c C-h.)
    – Drew
    Feb 4 at 16:13
  • Assuming you are talking about C-c C-e in Org mode, there is no way to use a general mechanism to see what keys are bound there, simply because that is not a mode with its own keymap, it's a menu constructed by org-export-dispatch internally. The only things that are recognized are the things that the menu shows you: the various key combos to export using a particular backend, whether to use a buffer or a file (and whether to show the result) and various other things among which # inserts a template of options for the category (or backend) of your choice. I know nothing about helm.
    – NickD
    Feb 4 at 18:14
  • BTW, for the Org mode export case, if you don't see the menu, then check the value of org-export-use-expert-ui. If it is non-nil, you might want to set it to nil, so you can see the menu.
    – NickD
    Feb 4 at 18:23
  • Thanks. I have clarified my question. I see that there is not a way to see the available keys in a session. I just learned about the #, which it wasn't obvious. But I had to look it up. Feb 4 at 20:23

I second the recommendation to use which-key. It's been a valuable part of my configuration for some time.


If I may consider you thought about "..a way to see the available keys in a session." then you are probably looking for documentation depending on the mode you are in right now.

  1. If it is just about keybindings then I highly recommend the which-key package. Basically this allows you to stop in the middle of any prefix-key and displays follow up solutions in a popup-buffer
  2. If it is about the major mode you are interested in, then you should have a look at C-h i. This will let you navigate through most of your installed packages built in documentation. Not every mode/package is fully documented but e.g. the Org-Mode part is great and I actually learned a lot about stuff I wasn't even aware of.
  3. If it is about an overview of the current major and all minor modes that are active then you are probably searching for C-h m that will give you an overview of e.g. active modes, prefix keys and so on.

I hope that helped.

  • Thanks for this, not exactly what I asked, but useful in other contexts. One thing: C-h i is boung in my Emacs to "C-h i runs the command info", so it is a list of major topics in Emacs, I understood you said it would give me a list of the major modes I was in. Feb 5 at 5:02
  • You are right. I will edit the answer
    – Tietan
    Feb 6 at 7:25

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