More then once when I have been reviewing changes to be committed in magit, the pending changes have unexpectedly disappeared from the status buffer. I'm pretty sure it's because I am accidentally hitting some key, but I have no idea which key. It is as if I told magit to ignore all uncommitted changes. If I close out of emacs completely, open the appropriate file, and run magit-status, then the uncommitted changes will have returned as expected and I can go ahead an commit them.

What key or function might be causing saved, uncommitted changes to be temporarily hidden or ignored like that? If I do it again, what else can I try next time, instead of closing emacs, that might make them visible again?

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    I think if you hit TAB on the section header (e.g. Unstaged Changes) that collapses the section - maybe you are doing that?
    – verdammelt
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 12:13
  • Ah ha, I bet you're right, @verdammelt. Post that as an answer and I'll accept it.
    – Brian Z
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 12:29
  • @brain-z ask and ye shall receive.
    – verdammelt
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 12:32

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Hitting TAB while on a section header (e.g. Unstaged Changes or Untracked Files) collapses that section. Hitting TAB again expands the section again.

I have done this several times since some part of my brain thinks tabbing between the sections is a thing one can do (but my brain is wrong in this case).

  • Don't be too hard in your brain. TAB is a highly overloaded key in the world of user interfaces, and it's easy to get it mixed up.
    – Malabarba
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 15:01
  • Yeah, it is probably more of a case of my fingers doing something on their own. Lots of muscle memory. When telling someone how to do something in Emacs I usually have to do it because I don't know it my fingers do.
    – verdammelt
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 15:19

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