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Re: C-f, C-b, C-n and C-p or right, left, down, up?

From: Arjan Bos
Subject: Re: C-f, C-b, C-n and C-p or right, left, down, up?
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2003 14:00:43 +0200
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Barman Brakjoller wrote:

From the Emacs tutorial (C-h t):

 "You can also move the cursor with the arrow keys, if your terminal
 arrow keys.  We recommend learning C-b, C-f, C-n and C-p for three
 reasons.  First, they work on all kinds of terminals.  Second, once
 you gain practice at using Emacs, you will find that typing these
 characters is faster than typing the arrow keys (because you do not
 have to move your hands away from touch-typing position).  Third,
 you form the habit of using these Control character commands, you can
 easily learn to use other advanced cursor motion commands as well."

Is it worth it? I'm using Emacs on w32 and Linux and are quite happy
with my arrow keys, but the argument above about not having to move
away from the main part of the keyboard sounds logical.

I would like to know about you other guys and gals experiences.

I'm using both. For example when I want to delete all characters of a certain column I just go C-d C-n which is quit fast. To transfer a line to a few lines above, I go C-a C-k C-k C-p C-p C-p C-y. In both examples I continue to hold down the CTRL key with my right-hand pink.

But when I want to identify a small region I'd like to do TAB Cursor-down TAB Cursor-down, etc. [1]


[1] I know I can identify a region, but this way I get more satisfaction by actually seeing what happens.

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