In this document we adopt the standard Emacs notation to describe keystrokes. It is very important to become familiar with this notation, because it is routinely used in all standard Emacs documents which you can find on the Internet.
C-x= press the
Ctrlkey, hold it and press
M-x= press the
Meta) key, hold it and press
C-M-x= press and hold
Ctrl, then add
Meta) and then
x. You should have three keys down at the end.
SPC= the space bar
ESC= the escape key
As an exercise, how would you execute the following command
C-x C-f? Indeed, press
Ctrl first and keep it down while you press
x first and then
f. Another example
M-%. Since the symbol
% can be solely executed by pressing
M-% command is executed by first pressing
5. To learn about the most important Emacs commands which you definitely use for
typing your source codes, read the following section.