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7 Basic Editing Commands

Here we explain the basics of how to enter text, make corrections, and save the text in a file. If this material is new to you, we suggest you first run the Emacs learn-by-doing tutorial, by typing C-h t (help-with-tutorial).

Inserting Text  Inserting text by simply typing it.
Moving Point  Moving the cursor to the place where you want to change something.
Erasing  Deleting and killing text.
Basic Undo  Undoing recent changes in the text.
Files  Visiting, creating, and saving files.
Help  Asking what a character does.
Blank Lines  Making and deleting blank lines.
Continuation Lines  How Emacs displays lines too wide for the screen.
Position Info  What line, row, or column is point on?
Arguments  Numeric arguments for repeating a command N times.
Repeating  Repeating the previous command quickly.