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A more sophisticated sort of question to ask is, "What are the
commands for working with files?" To ask this question, type `C-h a
file RET', which displays a list of all command names that contain
`file', including `copy-file', `find-file', and so on. With each
command name appears a brief description of how to use the command, and
what keys you can currently invoke it with. For example, it would say
that you can invoke `find-file' by typing `C-x C-f'. The `a' in `C-h
a' stands for `Apropos'; `C-h a' runs the command `command-apropos'.
Because `C-h a' looks only for functions whose names contain the
string which you specify, you must use ingenuity in choosing the
string. If you are looking for commands for killing backwards and `C-h
a kill-backwards RET' doesn't reveal any, don't give up. Try just
`kill', or just `backwards', or just `back'. Be persistent. Also note
that you can use a regular expression as the argument, for more
flexibility (Note: Regexps.).
Here is a set of arguments to give to `C-h a' that covers many
classes of Emacs commands, since there are strong conventions for naming
the standard Emacs commands. By giving you a feel for the naming
conventions, this set should also serve to aid you in developing a
technique for picking `apropos' strings.
char, line, word, sentence, paragraph, region, page, sexp, list,
defun, rect, buffer, frame, window, file, dir, register, mode,
beginning, end, forward, backward, next, previous, up, down,
search, goto, kill, delete, mark, insert, yank, fill, indent,
case, change, set, what, list, find, view, describe.
To list all Lisp symbols that contain a match for a regexp, not just
the ones that are defined as commands, use the command `M-x apropos'
instead of `C-h a'. This command does not check key bindings by
default; specify a numeric argument if you want it to check them.
The `super-apropos' command is like `apropos' except that it
searches documentation strings as well as symbol names for matches for
the specified regular expression.
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