To do more than insert characters, you have to know how to move point (see Point). The simplest way to do this is with arrow keys, or by clicking the left mouse button where you want to move to.
NOTE: Many of the following commands have two versions, one that uses the function keys (e.g. LEFT or END) and one that doesn’t. The former versions may only be available on X terminals (i.e. not on TTY’s), but the latter are available on all terminals.
Move to the beginning of the line (
Move to the end of the line (
Move forward one character (
Move backward one character (
Move forward one word (
Move backward one word (
Move down one line, vertically (
next-line). This command
attempts to keep the horizontal position unchanged, so if you start in
the middle of one line, you end in the middle of the next. When on the
last line of text, C-n creates a new line and moves onto it.
Move up one line, vertically (
Move down one page, vertically (
Move up one page, vertically (
Clear the frame and reprint everything (
recenter). Text moves
on the frame to bring point to the center of the window.
Move point to left margin, vertically centered in the window
move-to-window-line). Text does not move on the screen.
A numeric argument says which screen line to place point on. It counts screen lines down from the top of the window (zero for the top line). A negative argument counts lines from the bottom (-1 for the bottom line).
Transpose two characters, the ones before and after the cursor
Move to the top of the buffer (
numeric argument n, move to n/10 of the way from the top.
See Arguments, for more information on numeric arguments.
Move to the end of the buffer (
Read a number n and move point to buffer position n. Position 1 is the beginning of the buffer.
Read a number n and move point to line number n
goto-line). Line 1 is the beginning of the buffer.
Use the current column of point as the semi-permanent goal column for
C-n and C-p (
set-goal-column). Henceforth, those
commands always move to this column in each line moved into, or as
close as possible given the contents of the line. This goal column remains
in effect until canceled.
Cancel the goal column. Henceforth, C-n and C-p once again try to avoid changing the horizontal position, as usual.
If you set the variable
track-eol to a non-
then C-n and C-p when at the end of the starting line move
to the end of another line. Normally,
See Variables, for how to set variables such as
Normally, C-n on the last line of a buffer appends a newline to
it. If the variable
C-n gets an error instead (like C-p on the first line).