Questions tagged [navigation]

Use the navigation tag for questions about moving around: to different places within a file/buffer (i.e., beginning, end, across paragraphs and code blocks); from one window to another (i.e., changing which window you are working in, and which files/buffers are displayed in each window).

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Open Dired for an arbitrary set of files

There is a project with 100 files in a flat directory. I want to navigate a subset of the files, depending on what part of the project I am working on. Creating files with links to files of interest ...
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How to navigate to previous cursor positions without using the mark?

I'm often making typing mistakes which will kick me out of the current function block (hitting M-n when I meant C-n). In such cases it would be nice to be able to return immediately to the previous ...
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Navigate to a certain paragraph number

How can I navigate to a certain paragraph number? If I want to move to the 33rd line in a file, I execute M-x goto-line <RET> 33, but there does not seem to be an equivalent goto-paragraph ...
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Want equivalent of vim W and E

Any easy way to get forward/backword word movement with "word" defined as everything non-whitespace, similar to vim's W and E?
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Next/previous buffer in arbitrary order

How to move to previous or next buffer in a fixed & arbitrary order? I am using C-<left> and C-<right> but they move in a variable order, depending on the last viewed buffer, but if I ...
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Using advices to flatten a single subfolder

One of Github's features i like is that it "flattens" path if a folder contains only one subfolder, i.e you have a src folder which has only main folder, so by clicking on src you go to the content of ...
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Navigate cursor position history with line-based jumps

I use point-undo to jump between positions in the cursor history. However, point-undo uses every previous position of the cursor, and I often experience that what I actually want is to jump just to ...
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linum referring to the top of the window

I use the "go to line" navigation a lot, but mostly of the time I have to type a three digit number in order to navigate through the document. I would like to have a row count referring to the ...
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browsing/navigating reStructuredText

What Emacs utilities can provide better browsing and navigation of reST documents? Alternatively, how to configure existing utilities to work with reST? What I mean, why I ask: Of the lightweight ...
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Working around preprocessor blocks

I am trying to navigate a C project that has lots of preprocessor directives like this: #ifdef SOME_COMPILE_TIME_VARIABLE for ( idx=0; idx<FOO; idx++ ) { #else for ( idx=0; idx<BAR; idx+...
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Back/forward navigation that works like IntelliJ/Eclipse

I've been trying to find a navigation package that allows backwards/forwards navigation across and within buffers. I have found a lot of solutions out there but none of them seem to solve the whole ...
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Previous/next occur result, independently from compilation errors

After running M-x occur, the commands next-error and previous-error let me navigate between hits. I would like to be able to M-x compile my program and then keep browsing through the same *Occur* ...
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Navigating in an nXML buffer

I'm editing an XML with nXML-mode. The file represents a document and has internal links of the form: Follow <linktag docref="foo">this link</linktag> to see <anchortag docref="foo">...
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Navigation ignores comment blocks in (La)TeX mode

I sometimes leave large blocks of comments in LaTeX source code: Text text text text. % Comments comments comments comments. % Six lines of comments. % More comments. % Separate comment block. % ...
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Navigate to the source code of built-in functions and variables

Throughout the day I am constantly using C-h f or C-h v (describe-function and describe-variable) to look up documentation for functions and variables. More often than not, if I don't get all the ...
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Emacs doesn't understand where the windows are?

This has occurred several times now. I will have an Emacs session (24.5.1, OSX UI version installed via homebrew) running for a while when suddenly it no longer seems to understand how to navigate ...
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Make forward-word not to jump over newline character

I have a text like this, testStatus['id'] = elt.$.id^^''&&&& testStatus$$['suite_id'] = "" where ^^ is my cursor position. When I press M-f, it uses forward-word and end up in the ...
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Navigating rspec files

Usually I use incremental searching to find what I'm looking for. Also, in general I write very small methods that easily fit in one screen. So before now I have had little use for any sort of code-...
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forward-to-word functionality with subword-mode

I frequently type camelCase variable names, and enjoy the features subword-mode offers. This, this and this reiterate the fact that the community desires vim-like functionality where they can choose ...
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Better indentation and navigation in assembly source code

When I write C or Java code it's extremely regular, but with assembly (asm-mode), it's so disorganized. I'm using auto-complete and yasnippet. I created snippets and am using them, but the code ...
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How to open files out of long directory trees using helm-find-files?

Helm features buffer navigation that is more powerful than ido but apparently has a bit of a learning curve. Say I want to open a file in java/com/example/apple/banana/cat/dog/elephant/fig/grape/...
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forward-sexp goes to eol in python mode (but only sometimes)

When I run the command forward-sexp at the beginning of the line in Python mode, my cursor jumps to the end of the line. I assume that the line is a statement, and is therefore considered to be a ...
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How to go to the beginning of a word/sexp?

When the point is not at the beginning of a word/sexp, backward-word / backward-sexp places the cursor at the beginning of that word/sexp. If the point is already at the beginning of a word/sexp, this ...
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forward paragraph — ignore carriage return in comment

I like to use the forward- and back-paragraph methods to jump around my source code. I would like it to behave slightly differently though. Consider the following comment block: // comment line one....
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Emacs lisp forward-sexp: Scan error: “Containing expression ends prematurely”

When writing Emacs Lisp code, I use forward-sexp (C-M-right) and backward-sexp (C-M-left) to navigate the buffer. However, in some cases these functions stops with error like: forward-sexp: Scan ...
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When switching buffers, prevent emacs from automatically switching frame

When I switch buffers, emacs will switch to an existing frame if the buffer is already opened there. I found how to prevent that when switching with ido using : (setq ido-default-buffer-method '...
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Treat symbols as words in prog modes

There are a number of commands in Emacs which apply to "words." Examples include forward-word, kill-word, upcase-word, mark-word, transpose-words, etc. The definition of "word" seems to vary a bit ...
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Synchronized scrolling in two windows

Is there a way to reflect the navigation commands in the current window in another visible window. I have two related LaTeX files displayed in two windows and would like to scroll through them ...

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