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If you don't have a Meta key (it is often Alt) then you can use Escape, yes. But in that case, what you want to use is Escape followed by Control + f, which we write as ESC C-f. That is, Emacs writes the key sequence as ESC C-f when it talks to you about it. A Meta key, which we write as M-, is a modifier key, which means you press and hold it down while you ...

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