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11.2 Horizontal Scrolling

The text in a window can also be scrolled horizontally. This means that each line of text is shifted sideways in the window, and one or more characters at the beginning of each line are not displayed at all. When a window has been scrolled horizontally in this way, text lines are truncated rather than continued (see Continuation Lines), with a ‘$’ appearing in the first column when there is text truncated to the left, and in the last column when there is text truncated to the right.

The command C-x < (scroll-left) scrolls the selected window to the left by n columns with argument n. With no argument, it scrolls by almost the full width of the window (two columns less, to be precise). C-x > (scroll-right) scrolls similarly to the right. The window cannot be scrolled any farther to the right once it is displaying normally (with each line starting at the window’s left margin); attempting to do so has no effect.