Is there an Emacs command that does absolutely nothing ?

  • Specify what you mean by "absolutely nothing".
    – Drew
    Commented Jul 21, 2023 at 19:42

1 Answer 1


Well, any function has to do something: it must return a value. However, ignore does nothing more than that:

ignore is an interactive native-compiled Lisp function in subr.el.

It is bound to M-<noname>, C-<noname> and C-M-<drag-mouse-1>, and many ordinary text characters.

(ignore &rest ARGUMENTS)

Do nothing and return nil. This function accepts any number of ARGUMENTS, but ignores them.


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