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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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Org-ref with biblatex - is it feasible or should bibtex be preferred?

I am contemplating setting up org-ref to use within org mode for drafting scientific texts. However, as I go through various blogs etc. on the subject, it seems that org-ref is tailored for the ...
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Helm expands ~. Is it possible to expand other “aliases” as well?

Apparently anaconda-mode provides eldoc support on remote files, but it kinda breaks TRAMP if the remote file name contains an ssh alias (TRAMP will keep reconnecting over and over). It is ...
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In a terminal (not in Emacs), how can I use emacs helm/swipe to choose old shell command from bash_history?

In a terminal, we can use C-r to search a command from bash_history, but it is far less powerful than the Emacs package like helm-swoop or ivy-swipe. How can I use a shortcut in terminal (e.g., C-r) ...
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Selecting a file via helm using multiple sources

I have a customized find-file that uses helm sources to help load a file into my buffer. Now, however, I would like to be able to select a file using the same algorithm and store that filename into a ...
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How to make helm list all options when hitting M-x

I unfortunately lost my init_helm.el file, and had to reconstruct it from scratch, so far only with these commands: (require 'helm) (helm-mode 1) The functionality I miss the most is the ability to ...
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Find files interactively with a yassnippet with helm-find-files?

I've seen the answers to this question on inserting filenames interactively within a yasnippet. They are excellent and work great. I was wondering, however, if it's possible to expand them to use the ...
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Using helm to create a file while in a helm session

I often find myself in a command that queries for a filename e.g. diff-tell-file-name. This command asks me what file to apply a diff to. In my case, often the file does not exist and I would like ...
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Does grepping via helm support searching for multiple words in any order like other helm completions?

When searching multiple terms with Helm separated with spaces then Helm returns the results which mach the terms in any order. This is good. Sometimes I try grep via helm. E.g. I use helm-recentf to ...
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Simple Atom-style jump-to-file

I'm upgrading Emacs and moving from macOS to Windows after quite a few years getting by with a very old setup (eg, custom scripts for Anything). I've installed Helm. I'm interested in a simple way to: ...
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Use Helm for Org Refile Completion

I want to use helm for org-refile completion when determining which heading to refile under. Here are some excerpts from my initialization script. (setq org-refile-targets '(("~/Documents/GTD/Gtd....
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How do I select 'flag' options for magit through helm?

I'm using spacemacs with helm and magit. There are some options, for example, the ability to sort log entries in reverse order, that have a flag by them. I don't know how to select any of these ...
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How to use negation in helm-gid

I would like to be able to execute M-x helm-gid and type in: one two !three But the "!" operator seems to be treated as if it is looking for id's that contain the "!" character. It works great in ...
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Can `helm-ag` commands ignore git submodules?

When I am running helm-ag commands in a large project with multiple git submodules, the shared libaries are repeatedly searched. I do not want those be searched. So how can I change the helm-ag ...
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How to get helm completion for an arbitrary function such as dired or magit-branch?

I would like to use helm completion for something that is not directly supported via function like helm-M-x or helm-mini. An example would be magit-branch, which would really benefit from helm.
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How do you grep/ag in specific subdirectory of a project?

projectile-greps are probably the commands that I use the most. However, with some very large projects I am frequently interested in grepping only one subdirectory of the project. For my greps I ...
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How could i create helm-find-file function that copies selected file path

Is there a way to create helm-find-files function that would copy file path upon completion instead of opening it? It's important that original helm-find-files function would still open files.
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create new file helm-find-file with ffap

I have helm-find-files bound to C-x C-f. When I use it with a filename at point, and the file exists, it uses ffap to offer me that file, which is nice. But when the file does not exist, it just ...
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Search in recent files

I use helm-recentf to receive the list of recent files. I would like to have an opportunity to search over the list of recently viewed files. Can I do it with grep or helm-swoop? Is there any other ...
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disable title/header on helm-projectile result frame

I use helm-projectile-find-file and helm-projectile-ag on a regular basis. My issue is I want to remove the following lines C-j: Preview file (keeping session) and Projectile files from the result ...
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Org-capture menu from within helm

I have started using org-capture extensively, and now have capture lists for just about everything: books to read, movies to rent, articles to write, research topics, business ideas – you name it. ...
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Hide leading stars in helm-org-in-buffer-headings

Currently, when I run helm-org-in-buffer-headings in see something like this: * main topic 1 ** Subtopic 1.1 ** Subtopic 1.2 *** Sub-subtopic 1.2.1 * main topic 2 I would like to hide the leading ...
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Enable Follow mode for helm-org-in-buffer-headings

I want to enable helm-follow-mode for helm-org-in-buffer-headings. This is what I have so far: (add-hook 'helm-after-initialize-hook ((lambda () (helm-attrset '...
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Helm + Org-Goto + Narrow to Subtree + Follow Mode

I am using org-goto with helm and my init file has the following config: (setq org-goto-interface 'outline-path-completion) (setq org-outline-path-complete-in-steps nil) This works fine but I ...
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In a Helm prompt, how do I copy a candidate for editing?

Sometimes, I want to make a new file that's named similarly to an existing file. For example, I might want to copy a file to a second filename (foo.txt.backup), or move it to the right place (pretty-...
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Customising helm-mini to have filterd buffers

In my current setup, not having customised it, helm-mini shows me all the buffers in a single list, it then shows the recent files and a section to "Create buffer". I am wondering if it's possible ...
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How do I move the cursor in helm?

How do I move the 'cursor' to the left/right in helm when typing a filepath? Currently my left arrow seems to be mapped to a backspace / clear word. I'm using Spacemacs in evil mode.
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Setup helm for mu4e “jump to maildir”

In my mu4e setup, is there a way to have helm handle the "jump to maildir" list? I am aware of the package helm-mu but it does not seem to have this functionality.
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helm-mu on macOS throws Invalid read syntax: (")

Hej guys, I get an error when searching through my mails with helm-mu. Messages gives Invalid face reference: helm-grep-finish [96 times] error in process filter: helm-mu-candidate-parser: End of ...
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helm-mode-dired folder name completion selection without buffer opening

I use dired with helm a lot. Let's say I want to go to /foo/bar/baz folder. I press C-x d to start minibuffer prompt for directory. I type /f and I get 5 suggestions. When I C-n to the one that I need ...
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Avoid spurious buffers with helm-find-file

I have C-x C-f bound to helm-find-files. Mostly this works really well, but if I hit TAB when there are no completions for an item (most often because I've fumble-fingered the directory or filename ...
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full-frame helm?

Is it possible to run something like helm-recentf or helm-mini in a way that the helm window occupies the entire frame when it's running, and then disappears afterwards (like the helm windows normally ...
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helm-gtags doesn't reflect the latest code change

I'm using helm-gtags-find-tag-from-here command a lot. It works fine as long as there is no change to the source file contains the definition of symbol under the cursor. However, if I modify the ...
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Can I get the bindings output that Helm shows into another buffer?

I know that I can bring up a Helm buffer which shows available bindings. But I would like to do some scripting around available keybindings and commands. Is there a way to dump that output to a ...
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Define abbrev for `helm-mini`

I am trying to define an abbreviation for helm-mini, I would like d to expand to *dired. When I try my usual way of *dired C-x a i l, I get an error saying Command attempted to use minibuffer while in ...
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Helm/Projectile outside a project

I use the packages Helm and helm-projectile for navigating in Emacs. I ran into problems, when I use projectile-helm inside Helm, and I'm able to reproduce this with a empty Emacs init file. The ...
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Quickly navigate through a cascade of otherwise empty directories in helm

I'd like to be able to quickly skip to the bottom of a cascade of otherwise empty directories. Consider the following directory structure: foo/ bar/ baz/ a.txt b.txt If I were in ...
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How do I persist M-x calls so they can be displayed in MRU order?

I would like it if my Emacs were to save the M-x calls in most-recently used order and if this order could persist and grow across restarts/other sessions. I am using Helm, so I guess I should be ...
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how to provide a parameter for interactive lamda function

I want to be able to perform helm-swoop on an input error: on a compiler output buffer using C-x C-r, here is how I tried to achieve it. (global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-r") (lambda () (interactive) (...
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helm-comint-input-ring - get error: shell-mode-map

windows 10, emacs 26.1, helm 3.0 I use C-c C-l (comint-dynamic-list-input-ring) I get something like this: But I don't like this. I want to use helm-comint-input-ring. I want to get something like ...
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When I start Emacs: Symbol's value as variable is void: shell-mode-map [duplicate]

System: Windows 10, Emacs 26.1, Helm 3.0 In my init.el: ;; Shell commands history (define-key shell-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-l") 'helm-comint-input-ring) When I start Emacs I get the following error: ...
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How hide helm buffers in *Buffer-List*?

windows 10, emacs 26.1, helm 3.0 Here my buffer list: How I can hide all helm buffers? I'm don't want to Emacs to show them in Buffer List ?
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use-package won't load helm for projectile

I'm trying to use use-package to load projectile. Projectile uses helm for completion, which I'm also loading with use-package. Since projectile and helm have :bind sections I believe they're both ...
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Helm-mini: Emacs is “freeze” very often

Windows 10 (64 bit), Emacs 25.1, Helm helm-20180212.2045 Run shell In she run Android command adb logcat -vtime Here result Nice M-x C-x b - show helm-mini buffer Nice Than select shell buffer ...
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Helm-occur: How edit result?

Windows 10, Emacs 25.1, Helm I want to find text "test3". So I use helm-occur As result I get 5 candidates. Nice. Now I want to edit text direct in buffer helm-occur. How I can do this?
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function to do helm-do-ag for a specific project

I want to wrap the helm-do-ag in another function to search in a specific dir. The following is the description of helm-do-ag. helm-do-ag is an interactive Lisp closure in `helm-ag.el'. (helm-do-ag &...
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Show a list of names for all git projects

Windows 10, Emacs 25.1, Helm, Magit I have many git projects in different folders. Is it possible to show list of names for all git projects in one buffer?
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Prefer matches that have multiple hits?

It seems that helm prefers shorter paths when ordering the current set of matches. Is there a way to keep this general behavior but also take the number of matches into account? In the screenshot I ...
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How to get vanilla find-file in Spacemacs

Even when i M-x find-file I get the Helm stuff. I usally also want that, it's just with some Tramp stuff I think there are Problems. How to get the plain old find-files from vanilla emacs in ...
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Enabling fuzzy matching in helm-bibtex

Is it possible to enable fuzzy matching in helm-bibtex? The following example illustrates why it would be very useful to enable it. Imagine that typing "sm" returns these two matches. Smith 2015 ...
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helm-find-file (and other things) appearing in my main split

I currently have helm installed. Sometimes when I have my window split vertically, when I run helm-find-files, it appears in one of the already open windows, rather than creating a new horizontal ...

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