I am using emacs on the remote server, and I have no idea how to click on options in the menu bar across the top in this context.

Here is a screen capture:

Screenshof emacs showing the menu bar with entries like "File", "Edit", "Options", "Buffers" etc.

For example, I want to click some options under "File" in the menu bar (on the top), how can I do that?

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    Here is a link to the documentation regarding using the menu-bar in the terminal: gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/emacs/Menu-Bar.html
    – lawlist
    Feb 28, 2015 at 18:03
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    Besides using the mouse (and yes, that is possible with a terminal), library LaCarte lets you use the keyboard with completion. If you also use Icicles then you can complete against any parts of the menu hierarchy directly, including using regexp matching and fuzzy matching.
    – Drew
    Feb 28, 2015 at 19:32

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I don't think the mouse really works when running in the terminal, so you cannot actually click. But to open the menus press F10 (or fn-F10 depending on your keyboard settings).


If you're intent on using the mouse, you can use a subset of mouse click functionality if your terminal is compatible with xterm. To do so, enable xterm-mouse-mode.

Source: manual page on "Using a Mouse in Text Terminals".

However, as @Ista's answer and @lawlist's comment suggest, you can use the keyboard to access the menu bar. That's probably a better option long-term, as you'll speed up when going keyboard-only.

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