Emacs 27

I enable vertico-indexed-mode

Here result: enter image description here

How I can use this numbers (0,1,2,3) ?


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As the commentary to the package says it allows to choose a candidate with prefix arguments. For example you can do C-5 RET to select the fifth candidate (as if you'd hit C-n 5 times and do RET).


vertico-indexed-mode seems to be an extention just to add sequential numbers, so I made a snippet that allows you to select it, for now bound to function keys (define-key other keys as you like).

(defun my-vertico-select (index)
  (vertico-next (if (string= vertico-preselect 'prompt) (+ index 1) index)) ;; If `vertico-preselect' is `first' or `prompt', it's mostly working but when `directory' the default value, is described as "Like first, but select the prompt if it is a directory", so the condition switch (the first list item is directory or not) is needed.

(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f1>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 1)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f2>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 2)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f3>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 3)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f4>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 4)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f5>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 5)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f6>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 6)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f7>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 7)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f8>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 8)))
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "<f9>") (lambda () (interactive) (my-vertico-select 9)))
  • OK. But why this numbers not works out of box? Why are these numbers needed? Commented Apr 10, 2023 at 10:46
  • I just found out about it, probably C-u <the number> C-n or C-p ? The comment in the source says "It allows you to select candidates with prefix arguments. This is designed to be a faster alternative to selecting a candidate with vertico-next and vertico-previous"
    – roomworoof
    Commented Apr 10, 2023 at 11:01
  • Maybe just displaying it as a (sighting) scale, for the keystroke to repeat of Emacs standard feature?
    – roomworoof
    Commented Apr 10, 2023 at 11:23

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