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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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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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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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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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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Is there a setting to center the text after any jump?

For any jump to a new buffer(for example from the ack buffer or godef-jump) point is left at the very bottom of the window. Is there a global configuration to automatically center occur and similar ...
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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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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 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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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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Preventing mouse clicks in inactive windows from repositioning the cursor

When I have Emacs (24.4, Mac OS, NS build) in the foreground, I often have many windows open in one frame. I sometimes want to switch windows by clicking in an inactive window. By default, this calls ...
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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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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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How to switch between windows quickly?

How do I switch between windows quickly? I often have multiple windows open and need to switch between them. Right now, I use C-x o to get to the one I want. Is there a more efficient workflow ...
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How to switch back and forth between two locations in a buffer

Sometimes I find myself frequently alternating between two functions that I am editing in conjunction with each other. In these situations, it is tedious and painful to keep on doing a C-s <...
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How to navigate quickly to my installed packages?

When I'm in the package manager (M-x package-list-packages), I'd like to quickly navigate to my installed packages. There are literally thousands of packages marked as available, installed, or built-...
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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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