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Helm is an incremental completion and narrowing framework for Emacs. It is available for installation from MELPA.

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Is there a way to limit Helm matches from all sources?

I don't mean helm-candidate-number-limit, because it apparently limits candidates from the individual sources, so if you set it to 100 and have two sources and the first source returns 70 candidates ...
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How to turn on “helm-mode” for a specific function?

The context I've defined a big set of yasnippet snippets and sometimes I forget the shortcut for those snippets. I've found out recently that the function yas-insert-snippet can be used to insert a ...
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SPC i s not working

As if there was any need to make it clear, I am quite a noob when it comes to spacemacs. I am running into the following issue: I am trying to follow some tutorials online. In various of them, SPC i s ...
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How to make helm follow and show files as I type?

My Emacs used to have the ability to display the help buffer of each function everytime I was scrolling through M-x function candidates. How to enable it again? Thanks!
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Save current file with a slightly different name in Helm

This is the same question as Save current file with a slightly different name, but for Helm. (The top answer given for the original question doesn't work in Helm, sadly: M-n (next-history-element) ...
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How to use helm to search a buffer?

I would like to use the helm machinery to search "live" a buffer's lines. Is this possible? If not how would I go about figuring out how to implement this?
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Helm-find-files on org link

When we call helm-find-files on an org link or path, helm is smart enough to autocomplete the path, making it easy for us to navigate from there. Unfortunately, if the link starts with [[file:./this/...
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helm-ag vs helm-do-ag

What are the differences between helm-ag and helm-do-ag from a user perspective? I see that helm-do-ag shows the results immediately and helm-ag not. But are there other differences and when is it ...
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Remember previous text searches history with positions after further text search

TL;DR: Is it possible to go back and forth between different helm-ag searches, and keep the last visited position in each of them? Using Spacemacs’ spacemacs/helm-project-smart-do-search (SPC / ...
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How can helm be configured to return a nil result when the user cancels?

This function selects one of the items in projectile's project list, but when I cancel the select using Ctrl-G an item is still returned. Whatever candidate the selection is on is returned even if the ...
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Search for multi-line keywords?

Say you have a function calls like the following var1 = 'some var' logEvent({ eventParams: { var1 } }) I want to find logEvent function calls where eventParams have var1 (opposed to var2) The ...
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How to prevent emacs from keeping buffers open in helm follow mode

Each time I preview a file with helm-follow-mode it creates a buffer with the previewed file opened and doesn't kill that buffer after I end helm-find-files. How can I change this behavior such that ...
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How can I enable a major mode within a helm buffer?

I am trying to get org-mode syntax within a helm buffer. I want the candidates to render using org-mode syntax. How can I do this?
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How to sort by KIND in helm-find-files (Emacs)

I know there is such a variable as helm-ff-initial-sort-method. However, it does not include KIND as a sorting method. Anybody know how to sort files in helm-find-file by KIND? Thank you!
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Efficient way to insert multiple file links (residing in the same directory) into a org file with helm

Suppose I edit an org-file, say /foo/bar/file.org and I want to insert links to multiple files living in another path, say /another/path/to/files/. A stupid way to do this would be to call helm-find-...
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How can I copy spacemacs' helm configuration?

I tried to use spacemacs for couple of hours, and I think i'll quit here.. just hard to configure. I like their helm configuration, How can I copy their helm configuration ?
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Make org mode use helm-find files when inserting local file links

How can I achieve that org mode uses helm-find-files if I insert a link to a local file via C-u C-c C-l?
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helm-ag (or equivalent) open selection in existing window?

If you run helm-ag (I typically do this with helm-projectile-ag, but I think it should be similar) and select a match, the file / buffer opens in the last used window. My question is this: If a you ...
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Getting Helm describe-function/describe-variable’s secondary to work like helm-M-x?

When you use Helm for M-x, you can quickly check the documentation for an interactive command before calling it, it using the secondary key (usually C-z or C-j; I use the latter below). It brings up a ...
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Differences between “helm-follow-mode” and “follow-mode”

"helm-follow-mode" vs. "follow-mode" Basically: what is the difference between their behaviours?
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How to customize to open helm-mini buffer in the same buffer on bottom or right-hand side?

I just want to open helm-buffer (*helm recentf* and *helm for files*) to open as mini buffer on the 40% bottom of the buffer. If possible I want to costumize to open just only *helm for files* on ...
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Search through text of org-mode headings and body (but recursively)

I am using helm-org-rifle to search through my notes. This is such an awesome package. But one issue I am running into is shown in the following example: * Week of Aug 3rd (this week) ** Projects ...
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Insert org mode links via helm-mini or refile (or equivalently using e.g. company mode)

I often want to insert a link to another file (that would be easily accessible via helm-mini or refile). I have to do this long dance of going into the target file (and potentially headline), storing ...
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Helm gtags dwim jump without overwrite current window

So, I have 2 files: tictactoe.cpp and tictactoe.h. You can see the image for these two files below in Emacs. I have them stacked horizontally and also have tabbar to show the name of the files I have ...
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M-x man: Can't find the %s manpage caused by loading helm

I'm trying to figure out why Emacs won't display some man pages with my configuration using M-x man. It, however, does display them with emacs -Q. Not all man pages are affected. I can view the man ...
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C-h v gives " Symbol’s value as variable is void: default

I'm running 26.1, I don't believe I have anything weird help-related in my .emacs. When I try to get help on a variable, C-h v, it tells me Symbol’s value as variable is void: default. Any hints of ...
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How to find a file recursively on Microsoft Windows with findutils (gnu find) installed?

I'm trying to find file recursively from default-directory with helm-find (C-x c /). It works out of box in linux. I tried setting find-program like (I have git bash installed) (setq find-program &...
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How can I apply `emacs-maple-minibuffer` for `helm-for-files`?

=> How can I apply emacs-maple-minibuffer for helm-for-files? I pasted emacs-maple-minibuffer's function from its README but seems like it does not take any affect. I am not sure what is missing. ...
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Use helm in specific modes and not for other buffers in different mode

I recently started using lsp-java and one of the packages it suggests is helm. The suggested changes to the .emacs file to do this is: (use-package helm-lsp) (use-package helm :config (helm-mode)) ...
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Show custom key-bindings in the list of commands

I'm using merlin in Emacs, and in my init.el file I have the following : (global-set-key (kbd "C-c t") 'merlin-type-expr) But when I press M-x and type merlin to show the list of commands (...
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helm: find-file it is possible to ignore `[?] …` during iteration

I am using helm when I am using Find Files (ctrl+c ctrl+f) (require 'helm) (require 'helm-config) (define-key helm-map (kbd "<tab>") 'helm-next-line) ; rebind tab to run persistent action (...
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How to go up one level in helm find files

With C-x C-f Helm tells me I can go up one level with C-| or possibly C-I. However, when I try either, I get the following behavior instead: C-I Selects the highlighted file. It does not go up ...
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How do I make swoop not default the search to the word at point?

I'd like to do the same as for helm-swoop to not make swoop search at point, only when a word or expression is selected, and only then. In helm-swoop I use: (setq helm-swoop-pre-input-function ...
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helm and ff-find-other-file

When I try to use the function ff-find-other-file on a C file, and the header file does not exist, I expect emacs to create a header file at the current location. Since I started using helm, ...
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How do I dired delete in helm?

I just installed Helm and it looks really cool. However, I don't understand how to use dired anymore. I'd usually C-x d to see my directory, then I could do operations like add or delete files. Now ...
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org-capture - how to select history for a prompt?

I use org-capture for manually enter Ledger records. Even though it's a manual process, I was able to choose the prompt from a history. For example, when asked for a value for Payee, helm lists all ...
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How to exclude double dot(..) and single dot(.) in find-file using `helm`?

I am using helm for find files. I have followed: https://stackoverflow.com/a/43632653/2402577 (helm-mode 1) (global-set-key "\C-x\C-f" 'helm-find-files) (add-hook 'dired-mode-hook 'dired-omit-mode) ...
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Autocomplete over file limits

I have my ledger entries splitted in some files and included them. But the autocomplete from company makes only suggestions from the actual file not from the other files which are included. Ledger ...
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Ledger insert payee from bbdb

I try to use bbdb as an autocomplete source for ledger files. The idea is to save more informations for the ledger payee in the bbdb-database. For example autocomplete-at-point with the names of the ...
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Helm: change shortcuts of the actions

In helm, when you press TAB, you have access to the actions corresponding to the current entry. By default, they are bound to [F1],[F2]... But I don't like these shortcuts for several reasons: the F{...
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Helm: select n-th item

In Helm I can see something like that: Bibtex entries: 2 Title of my first article 3 Title of other article 4 Title of still another article How could I directly select (but not execute the ...
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symbol's value as variable is void: command, when using ibuffer-sidebar

I installed ibuffer-sidebar (https://github.com/jojojames/ibuffer-sidebar) and added the following to my ~/.emacs.d/init.el: (use-package "ibuffer-sidebar.el") (require 'ibuffer-sidebar) (setq ...
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Error `(wrong-type-argument stringp nil)` on helm-swoop

I am trying to run helm-swoop (using a keybinding) and I am getting the following error. Debugger entered--Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument stringp nil) regexp-quote(nil) helm-swoop-pre-input-...
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how to find files under a directory with helm-browse-project?

(helm-browse-project ARG) Preconfigured helm to browse projects. Browse files and see status of project with its vcs. Only HG and GIT are supported for now. Fall back to ‘helm-browse-...
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Rename multiple files from a predefined directory to another directory

I want to have a function, which moves a file or optionally multiple marked files from one directory to a different directory in some parent folder. I managed to design a script which does the main ...
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Don't kill helm search result buffer, navigate with M-g n

I was previously using ag-project to search string in my project. I had it setup so that it opened the relevant buffer on Enter, while keeping the result window open. I could then edit in that window, ...
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How to make helm-projectile-rg list files in relative to project?

Whenever I use helm-projectile-rg I see the list of files in relative to the current file: ../../../../../../project_dir/test/test1/filex.cpp "match" Is there a way to have it show files in ...
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Equivalent of helm-ag-edit with ivy

I've been trying to switch to Ivy from Helm for the past little while. One feature I miss (and because of this I keep helm installed) is the ability to run helm-ag, and then to hit C-c C-e so I can ...
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How to use helm to find files that match regex in subdirectory?

I had this functionality working until I recently revamped my init files. Now, I can't figure out how to get it back. I use helm-find-file (mapped to C-x C-f) for finding and opening files. I used ...
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Helm Find Files: prefer certain extensions

Helm find files lists files of the same name alphabetically. a.aux a.log a.tex b.aux b.log b.tex This is annoying as I want the .tex file 99% of the time. Is it possible to prefer certain extensions ...

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