Questions tagged [help]

Questions about using the built-in help system in Emacs or how to find help.

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Does emacs have some kind of customized popup creator?

Is there some kind of popup creator package which enables me to create some customized cheat sheets to help me with commands I need or haven't yet memorized? I want to create some simple text files, ...
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How to find information about a function?

To be able to learn about functions on my own I would like to know where I can find information about them (within emacs or otherwise).
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Profile performance for a given command

Say I create a quick keyboard macro, but find that executing it in quick succession is extremely slow. How can I determine in what functions or packages this command is spending most of its time? ...
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Exit from Total Algebraic mode in Spacemacs

I started following Calc-mode tutorial in Spacemacs and I noticed that, once we get in Total Algebraic mode(C-x * c, to start calc-mode, then m t to enable total algebraic mode) the way we should exit ...
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eval-expression on (setq helm-debug t) does not change describe-variable output

I'm running this version of Emacs: GNU Emacs 26.3 (build 2, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.24.11) of 2019-09-23, modified by Debian Installed on Ubuntu 19.10 via apt, and not built from source. ...
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how to generate tags and find mark-whole-buffer definition

I am following the Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp tutorial built in in Emacs and have arrived at the Buffer Walk-through section. In the 4.1 Finding more information the function xref-find-...
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How to modify the jump character color displayed by evil-avy-goto-line?

The color of the jump character displayed by evil-avy-goto-line is somewhat blurred, which causes me to change the color of the displayed character or modify the color of the background strip of the ...
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Unable to mark files in directory listing from `C-x C-d`

I was just wondering if anyone has noticed the following behaviour after doing C-x C-d. I use C-x C-d to navigate to a directories and subdirectories with pdfs. Then I try to mark a pdf file with M-x ...
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Unclear expectation of behavior from `scan-sexps`

The docstring of scan-sexps says: If the beginning or end is reached between groupings but before count is used up, nil is returned. Putting point (|) before the first element of a list: (|a b c) ...
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How do I find out what libraries I need to require?

When I write elisp, since I already have a lot of packages required which in turn have required other code, I am able to use a lot of functions without requiring them. When I give the code to someone ...
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Finding org-mode bindings

I sometimes want to insert a new heading without first jumping to the end of the current tree. It was fairly simple to guess that this could be achieved by calling (org-insert-heading), but from C-h ...
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In a buffer with widgets how can I find out what function is called on a (link) widget

In a buffer with widgets how can I find out what functions widgets call? Let's say I position the cursor on a widget, I execute M-x widget-browse-at and know now that the widget is of class "link". ...
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How to run a mini-buffer command from interpreter

I think this might be a duplicate but I can't figure out how to run this: (man emacs)[cursor] [C-x][C-e] Error I get back: Debugger entered--Lisp error: (void-variable gpg) (man gpg) eval((man ...
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describe-bindings not working as expected

Spacemacs Help SPC h d b (describe-bindings) is not working as expected. I type SPC h d b, and then enter the bindings: SPC f e d not listed in the minibuffer, but the binding works SPC f e R not ...
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I can't find my emacs init.el file in the normal paths

I can't find the init.el file in the normal paths that is supposed to be, and I already try to search inside the emacs app and with the terminal. Apart from that I can write and save files. I made a ...

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