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is for marking the start of a region of text in a buffer. Emacs uses `mark` and `point` to highlight a region. Highlighting indicates that the mark and region are active.

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Effectively using the mark ring

I have used the mark to select regions of a buffer. For example, I know the sequence C-<space> C-s foo can be used to select all text between the current point and the point after a search for ...
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What is the usefulness of `exchange-point-and-mark`?

The exchange-point-and-mark command is bound to C-x C-x, but I cannot think of any use cases that would make it deserving of such a prominent binding. How can I use the exchange-point-and-mark to ...
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mark text with keyboard in PDFView (pdf-tools) mode

I've replaced doc-view mode with pdf-tools. While it's easy to set a mark on a page with the mouse, how do you do it with the keyboard? The readme mentions the feature. "* Mark a region and kill the ...
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How to set mark in elisp and have shift selection?

The normal behavior of Emacs when transient-mark-mode is active is that when you make a shift-selection, then if the next command is a non-shift movement, the mark is deactivated. For example, after ...
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Selecting text without moving the cursor

I would like to grow a selection without moving point (the cursor) from its location. I know I can always use C-u C-spc to move to the previous location, but I would like to avoid that. More ...
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Best way to select a word

I want to select current word under the cursor without using mouse. After searching this forum, I learned how double click works. (I noticed that it is a bit complicated and there were no direct key ...
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Is there a package to simplify clickable text?

I'm writing a debugger front end, and in that over the course of program execution a number of marks get added inside the source code. In other buffers such as a buffer showing execution history, or a ...
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select text to end of line, without moving point

I often want to quickly mark everything from point to the end of line, leaving point at the same place. I tried to write simple function for that purpose: (defun mark-from-point-to-end-of-line () "...
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How to grep marked files in the dired mode of emacs?

I hope it's a simple problem.. I'd like to search for the regexp 'thisWord' only in the marked files of a dired buffer. Usually I used in the dired buffer: M-x grep and then in the mini-buffer grep ...
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Mysterious highlight in emacs

Recently, I change my laptop from old Thinkpad to newer laptop with much larger touchpad. I've found that I frequently touch the sensitive touchpad while I'm using emacs. And with some mysterious ...
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delete-selection-mode not a default?

If you enable Delete Selection mode, a minor mode, then inserting text while the mark is active causes the selected text to be deleted first. This also deactivates the mark. Many graphical ...
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Keep region activated upon completion of my command

I'm using the following functions to speed up some regexps replacements I frequently use. jc-replace-regexp-in-region can be called by several functions like jc-dollar-to-paren. At the moment, when ...
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Point belongs to window - mark belongs to buffer

In Emacs the point belongs to a window: this allows a buffer to be displayed in two different windows at the same time. The mark belongs however to the buffer. Conceptually the mark and a point ...
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Only allow kill-ring-save if there is highlighted text

I would like to wrap kill-ring-save in order to only execute kill-ring-save if text has been highlighted - same as in most text editors. Sometimes I accidentally hit copy instead of paste and then my ...
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How to unmark selection in elisp?

I wish to remove selection programatically, what is the proper way of doing this? Specifically I wish to write a function to make swiper search in buffer with selected text, but it needs to remove ...
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How to mark current line and move cursor to next line?

How do I mark the current line and then move the cursor to the beginning of the next line? I'd like it to behave like Sublime Text's Ctrl-L.
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What are the differences mark-ring and global-mark-ring?

I have just explore how to use mark rings in emacs. There are two kind of mark type mark-ring and global-mark-ring. What are the differences between them and is there any option to push all marks ...
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Activating the region without altering the mark ring

Setting the mark and moving point activates the region, which appears highlighted (assuming transient-mark-mode is enabled). Once the mark is set it's location is sent to the mark ring, thus changing ...
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Is it possible to disable automatic “mark”ing in emacs?

I would like to set the marks myself, rather than emacs doing it automatically for me. I've experienced emacs setting the mark automatically when I search, or move to the top/bottom of the buffer. ...
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Making a region without point

From my understanding, Emacs creates a region my setting a mark and then anything between 'mark' and 'point' is the current region. I'm wondering if there is a way to create a region with only marks, ...
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Storing previous cursor positions

I would like the ability to go back and forth through a series of stored recent cursor positions, say up to 100 of them. Specifically, a position should be recorded when I click somewhere, or when I ...
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Highlighting and keyboard-quit

Why does (keyboard-quit) (bound to C-g) unmark the selected region? And is there a way to stop Emacs from doing so? The sceneraio I have in mind is the following: suppose I select a region and begin ...
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pop-mark not working as expected

I have some sample code like this: (defun some-function () (interactive) (push-mark) (goto-char (point-min)) ; do some stuff (pop-mark)) Now I'm expecting pop-mark to get me back to the ...
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How to jump to a mark using Elisp

Suppose I store the current mark into a variable using mark or (mark-marker). Then I move point elsewhere and insert some text. Which function should I use to jump to the saved mark?
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What is the problem with this yank function in elisp in emacs?

Idea I will like to construct a simple emacs function that copies the yy functionality in vim. The function should yank a visual-line into kill ring without deleting the line. Function Here is ...
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Can you mark-word backwards?

There is a very convenient function M-@ Mark-word. However, I usually find my self typing things, than marking things backwards to copy it some place else. Is there something equivalent for mark-...
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emacs mark from point to start of buffer?

I know one can mark the whole buffer with mark-whole-buffer. but how does one mark from point (that line) to start of buffer?
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How to detect if in the current buffer some text is selected (marked)?

How to determine if in the current buffer some text is selected?
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Selecting inner-most scope in C/C++

I would like to be able to mark the current block scope. In other words, given some piece of code like: ... if (1) { ... } ... If my cursors was sitting somewhere inside the if-body, it would mark ...
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how to fix an overlay at end-of-line highlighting too much?

I have added the following definitions to my initialization file in order to make the mark show up as a red highlight: (defface mmv-face '((t :inherit default :background "red")) "...
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Since upgrading to emacs 26.1 C-SPC behaviour changed and I have to press it twice to set-mark

Since upgrading to Emacs 26.1 C-SPC behaviour changed and I have to press it twice (most of the time) to set mark, which disrupts my flow and is hard on my thumb joint (don't ask). I'd like to ...
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command to mark a block comment as region

Is there an existing EMACS command to select a block comment? That is, I have /** * A Comment */ I want to set the mark ahead of the /** and set the point after */. I realize there are several ...
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Error using the Emacs Spreadsheet

I have started to use the Simple Emacs Spreadsheet (SES) with GNU Emacs 25.1.1 (x86_64-w64-mingw32) of 2016-09-17. When I try to mark/highlight a column with (ses-mark-column), the selection doesn'...
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What changed with Mark/Region behavior between GNU Emacs 24.3.1 and 24.5.1?

I wrote a little search function a long time ago, binded to ctrl-f. It has been working perfectly until I tried Emacs 24.4. The purpose of the function is to highlight (region) the found word. ...
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Leave point in original position when C-g is pressed?

I am writing a function to select a region (say 2 lines). (defun select-some-region () (interactive) (push-mark (point) nil t) (forward-line 2)) When point is in a buffer like this |...
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Select to the sentence of line in a shortcut

C-k and M-k could delete forward to the end of line and sentence respectively. How could only select to the end in a shortcut? Usually select a sentence and append it to a file for further ...
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Select Within Quotes

Supposing I have my cursor resting somewhere in a bunch of text within quotes, is there a key binding that will mark or highlight just the text within the quotes so I can delete it? This would be ...
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Making it so that cursor movement after command will deactivate region

I'm overriding double-mouse-1 to do additional stuff on top of its default behavior. To this end, I have a function that (1) does my additional stuff and then (2) calls another function, ora-mark-like-...
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Yanking without moving the mark, but still be able to `yank-pop`

I would like to change C-y to not move the mark, but still be able to yank-pop. I looked at the source code and saw that the major change needed was to remove the (push-mark (point)) command: (defun ...
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Mark isearch result

I'd like to mark the current isearch result so that it can be copied or cut (killed) via M-w and C-w. Is there a ready-made function for this? The solution below provided by @danielpoe over here ...
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Make region transient in elisp function

I'm trying to write a function that exits isearch leaving the current match selected "transiently", so that the mark is deactivated by any unshifted movement command. I've tried to modify this ...
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Cannot mark text when inserting into buffer within post-command-hook

When I add this post-command-hook: (defun insert-into-a-buffer () (with-current-buffer (get-buffer-create "some-buffer") (insert "a"))) (add-hook 'post-command-hook 'insert-into-a-buffer ...
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Region does not get deselected on move commands using `push-mark` from Elisp

By using shift-select-mode, I can select some region via holding down Shift + arrow keys. When I then stop pushing Shift and press other keys the region get deselected. But this is not the case when ...
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deactivate active region after `eval-region`

I do the following to activate the region and evaluate it M-x spc to begin mark C-n C-n C-n M-x eval-region The region is still active (highlighted) after the eval-region is performed. I would ...
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wanderlust: save all attachments in a group of messages

I'm using wanderlust in emacs-25.1.x I'm looking for a way to select a group of messages and have all of their MIME attachments extracted and saved into a specified folder. I assume that I can mark ...
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highlight blank spaces only under the marked region

Is there a way to only highlight blank spaces/tabs under the marked region? Basically if I have whitespace-mode turned off and if a select a region all the spaces and tabs get highlighted.
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Cutting selection with CUA-mode bindings after searching

I want to cut/copy some code with this method: setting a mark with C-SPC, searching with C-s, then cutting/copying the selection. Check the following image: I can copy selected code with M-w or ...
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How to bind meta-shift-arrow to mark one word at a time

I am having trouble of marking one word at a time (ctrl-shift-arrow or meta-shift f/b) when connecting from one of my terminals. I would like to bind it also to meta-shift-arrow. I couldn't find what ...
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Delete marked region with py-electric-backspace py-electric-delete

In my python-mode the backspace and delete keys gets remapped to py-electric-backspace, etc. This breaks the behaviour set by the variable delete-active-region. Is there a way to unify the behaviour ...
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“Marker does not point anywhere” error when using (message)

I'm running into the error "Marker does not point anywhere" when I try to print a message both in after-change-functions and buffer-list-update-hook. Curiously if only one hook or the other is active ...