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Questions about editing or manipulating text inside of Emacs.

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need help with very complex find and replace

I have a very complex (at least to my mind) text replacement task. ideally this would be a function or macro I could run over every org header in a buffer. I want to 1. move over any TODO state to a ...
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Insert aligned multi-line text in current buffer regardless of position?

I'm creating a function to easily insert ditaa boxes while drafting reports in org-mode. I have the meat of the function accomplished, but not sure how to implement it so that boxes can be inserted ...
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Prepend to block of text, but ignore blank lines

How to add the string 'export ' to the beginning of each line of this text, with emacs: RBENV_VERSION="2.n.0" AUTHORIZE_NET_API_LOGIN_ID=example AUTHORIZE_NET_TRANSACTION_KEY=example # Google ...
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how to convert 4 lines block text to 1 line space interrupted

I have a text file (name, surname, phone number) than I would import in excel and the play with column (name, surname...) The file was previously a docx file. I've converted it on as a text file. But ...
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How to remove all console.logs() from the buffer and also how to comment all console.logs from the buffer?

When I do a regex-replace and replace with the empty string, the console.logs() are removed but the empty lines still remain. How would I remove these empty lines? Furthermore, how would I replace all ...
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Insert White-space to Right to Even Out Region

Lets say I have the following block of text: ---- ## ---- ## ---- There is no white space after the # character. Is there some command to insert white space to the right of lines to even them with ...
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How to use an ispell dictionary in company mode?

I am writing in LaTeX at the moment and I want to use company-mode for word completion. I found this solution: https://emacs.stackexchange.com/a/18522. I was thinking about using the ispell ...
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How to sort comma separated (or otherwise) text?

Suppose I have the following text: int z; int a; int c; int g; or the following text: z, a, c, g How can I sort them to: int a; int c; int g; int z; and a, c, g, z respectively?
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`Alt-f` or `Alt-b` then `d` deletes the forward word rather than putting character 'd' in front of the word. Why does emacs behave in this way?

I was doing some editing in Emacs. I was using Alt-f and Alt-b to traverse by word. I wanted to add the character d in front of a word. So I pressed Alt-b to get to the front of the word and then ...
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Increment days / months / dates, etc. within buffer

In a text document, while editing, I often need to increment/ decrement calendar data. So, Friday will need to become Monday, December will need to become March, etc. Or 28 Apr after adding 5 will ...
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Temporarily restrict editing to whitespace only

Sometimes I make whitespace cleanups to source code. I'd like to be certain that I do not accidentally introduce real code changes (let us assume that the programming language is one where removing ...
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ryo-modal defining keybind jump a word and insert character

I'm using the ryo-modal package that enables you to define your own keys in modal editing. I'm trying to makemf move the cursor to the end of the word, insert a whitespace and then exit the modal mode....
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Why multiple-cursor ask me on every line? How avoid this?

emacs 26.1, multiple-cursor https://github.com/magnars/multiple-cursors.el Here my custom Elisp function that add some number(by default 1) to number. (defun increment-number-at-point(number) (...
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How to replace the buffer without slowing down the undo system?

Say I have a command that operates on the entire buffer. The simple solution is to: Run the command taking the entire buffer as input. Store the output. Clear the current buffer. Insert the new ...
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Electric pair delete with text between?

Suppose I have the piece of text (hello world). How can electric pair be made to work such that deleting the opening parenthesis automatically deletes the closing parenthesis? Some examples (the ...
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How to transpose words, keeping the cursor at the same relative location to the word it moves?

When transposing words, the cursor moves to the end of the word, how can the cursor be kept at the same location relative to the word?
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How to transpose words backwards?

Transpose words (M-t) always swaps the word with the next. How can this be performed with the previous word?
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Why does emacs not apply some config settings when editing tex files?

I'm facing a rather peculiar situation where my emacs settings seem to be lost every time that I open a .tex file. That's doesn't happen when I'm editing .el or .py files. Heres some examples with ...
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Punctuation abbrevs for writing prose, and automatic full stops at the end of line?

I'm a beginner Emacs user, and English isn't my first language so please bear with me. I use Emacs for writing prose, and I need help with punctuation. To put it short, I want to turn this: --hello ...
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How remove lines which are not equal in two buffers?

Consider the following buffers buffer_1: 11111111 22222222 33333333 44444444 buffer_2: 55555555 66666666 22222222 44444444 I need to remove all lines which are not equal in buffer_1 and buffer_2. ...
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Replace placeholder by incremental value [duplicate]

Windows 10 Emacs 26.1 I has the next text [ { "id": N, "name": "Agent#N", "address": "N Tabernacle St, London EC2A 4DD, UK" }, { "id": N, "name": "Agent#N", "address": "...
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Editing multiple source blocks in one buffer

I've got multiple source blocks which are all tangled to the same file. When I invoke C-c ' inside one block, only this specific block is shown in a new buffer. Is there a possibility to show all ...
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Edit a portion of YAML file (a multi-line string) with a different mode

I'm constantly editing a big yaml file with many multi-line strings, which are BASH scripts. In org-mode I would use something like: #+begin_src sh echo "cool" #+end_src And then just to C-c ' (org-...
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Is it possible to shuffle paragraphs?

I'd like to be able to quickly "shuffle" the order in which all paragraphs in a region occur. Can this be easily accomplished in emacs? For example, consider the following region. Hello world. This ...
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fixed file size mode

Is there an emacs mode/package/whatever where a specific file size (and/or number of lines) is enforced in a visual way? Something like this: 1st line 2nd line where adding some text to the 2nd ...
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Dual-language text mode using the original interpretation of tabs

Does there exist an Emacs mode that replaces the contemporary interpretation of tabs (move to 8, 16, 24, .. or a multiple of some constant) with their original typewriter interpretation (set stops at ...
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smartparens how to stop behaviour of inserting backslash \ before I type a single quote '

I'm in C major mode, editing source files. Whenever I want to type a single quote ' smartparens automatically gives me the following: \'|\' , where | is the cursor position. What I want exactly is ...
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kill the current line and preserving cursor position

I'm using the slick-cut function (as answered here by itsjeyd) for killing the entire line with minimal keystrokes. It's defined like so :- (defun slick-cut (beg end) (interactive (if mark-...
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How to blockquote text in one go

With this text: Play with it a few times you will see my point. The command you need is: $ echo hello How do I make it into: > Play with it a few times you will see my point. The > command ...
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Can someone recommend a good text editor for Emacs? [closed]

I'm looking for a good way to edit text within Emacs. Can someone give some good recommendations for text-editors for Emacs.
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How do I delete all blank lines in a buffer? [duplicate]

Emacs 26.1 In buffer 1 2 3 4 I use command "delete-blank-lines". But it NOT delete ALL BLANK LINES. It's delete ONLY ONE BLANK LINE. Why? I need to delete ALL BLANK LINES. The result must be ...
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Drag selected text with the mouse

In many editors it is standard to move selected text by dragging and dropping it with the mouse. In emacs dragging selection with the mouse starts a new selection by default. This is extremely ...
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How to add a suffix to every line of a text?

Windows 10, Emacs 25.1 Suppose I have the following text (about 100 rows): ic_m_sales ic_m_activity_report ic_m_messanges ic_m_products_name ic_m_change_store ic_m_faq ... How ...
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How to edit crontab directly within emacs when I already have emacs open?

I know I can set the EDITOR variable and edit my crontab with emacs but that requires starting the process from a shell with $ crontab -e My question is how can I directly modify my crontab if I'm ...
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Stop automatic removal of space before point when inserting `.` (dot)

The following gif shows the behaviour quite nicely: Whenever I type a space followed by a dot (.) in any mode derived from text-mode, emacs will replace the space with the dot. I could not want this ...
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Kill or copy current line with minimal keystrokes

I do C-a C-k C-k to kill the entire line point is on. If I want to copy the line instead of killing it, I can hit C-/ C-/ right after typing the sequence above. Alternatively, I can do C-a C-SPC C-...
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Quoting selected text using email conventions?

Is there any existing elisp function which will quote any selected text using email quoting conventions? For example, suppose the following text appears in a buffer ... This is some text that I want ...
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How keep only duplicate lines?

Emacs 26.1. Windows 10 In buffer I has text like this: 3333333 1111111 $PAC_LTC 1337_BTC 1337_LTC 404_BTC 42_BTC 222222 42_LTC 808_ETH 8BIT_BTC ...
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How to transpose two arguments of a function in Python?

How I can I swap two arguments in a call to a Python function? If I put point on the space between these two arguments: self.assertEqual(json.loads(some.data), json_data) and then M-t (transpose-...
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Why after save *Occur* buffer I can't edit editable file? [duplicate]

Emacs 26.1, Windows 10 (64 bit) I open file trace.log. User occur to find text. Save occur buffer to file NXS_ETH.txt. Do some manipulations. See screenshots. But I can't edit EDITABLE file. Here ...
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What is the difference between refill-mode and auto-fill-mode in emacs?

I swear I tried to read documentations, but in practice, I could not tell the difference. I feel they are doing the same thing. I can turn both modes on, but I am not sure in what circumstance I need ...
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Turn array from one-line into element-per-line

Say I have PHP array like this: $arr = ['one', 'two', 'three']; and I want to convert it to $arr = [ 'one', 'two', 'three' ]; real quick. Is there any ready to use soluions?
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Result of math. operation - replace math. formula

If I want to do some math. operation I do next: (* 5 3) C-x C-e (eval-last-sexp) Here result: As you can see the result is in the minibuffer. Nice. But I need result to REPLACE math. formula. I ...
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Compose characters

I have some copied text from a pdf which renders like this with my current font: I know I could use a different font that handles Unicode characters better, but I would rather find a function to ...
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How to swap strings in all lines?

Emacs 26.1 I have this text: "ADA-SGD" "ADT-SGD" "ADX-SGD" "AID-SGD" "AMP-SGD" "ANT-SGD" "ARDR-SGD" "ARK-SGD" I want to swap text in all these lines. The result must be like this: "SGD-ADA" "SGD-...
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Why I can't delete first line after save *occur* buffer to separate file? [duplicate]

Windows 10, Emacs 26.1 I have file - file_first.txt: I want to find all line content word hello. So I use occur for this Nice. Now I want to save result to SEPARATE file: file_second.txt To do ...
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Next word prediction

Autocomplete and company completes the word . But is there any package which helps predict the next word expected in the sentence.
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How to combine change `key: foo`, `key: bar`, `key: baz` to `key: foo bar baz`?

To clarify this is what I'd like to do: Text Before: key: foo key: bar key: baz Text After: key: foo bar baz Wondering if anyone has a good technique for this type of operation (simpler the ...
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Align elements of a matrix to the right

I have a matrix in C++ Matrix<double> A = { {31, -13, 0, 0, 0, -10, 0, 0, 0}, {-13, 35, -9, 0, -11, 0, 0, 0, 0}, {0, -9, 31, -10, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0}, {0, 0, -10, 79, -30, 0, 0, 0, -...
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how to convert camel case to snake case with vanilla emacs

When editing for example a ruby file, can't emacs toggle CamelCase to snake_case out of the box? Example ruby file def SecDecGov puts "abort" end