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Commands to Mark Textual Objects
Here are the commands for placing point and the mark around a textual
object such as a word, list, paragraph or page.
Set mark after end of next word (`mark-word'). This command and
the following one do not move point.
Set mark after end of next Lisp expression (`mark-sexp').
Put region around current paragraph (`mark-paragraph').
Put region around current Lisp defun (`mark-defun').
Put region around entire buffer (`mark-whole-buffer').
Put region around current page (`mark-page').
`M-@' (`mark-word') puts the mark at the end of the next word, while
`C-M-@' (`mark-sexp') puts it at the end of the next Lisp expression.
These commands handle arguments just like `M-f' and `C-M-f'.
Other commands set both point and mark, to delimit an object in the
buffer. For example, `M-h' (`mark-paragraph') moves point to the
beginning of the paragraph that surrounds or follows point, and puts
the mark at the end of that paragraph (Note: Paragraphs.). It
prepares the region so you can indent, case-convert, or kill a whole
`C-M-h' (`mark-defun') similarly puts point before and the mark
after the current or following defun (Note: Defuns.). `C-x C-p'
(`mark-page') puts point before the current page, and mark at the end
(Note: Pages.). The mark goes after the terminating page delimiter
(to include it), while point goes after the preceding page delimiter
(to exclude it). A numeric argument specifies a later page (if
positive) or an earlier page (if negative) instead of the current page.
Finally, `C-x h' (`mark-whole-buffer') sets up the entire buffer as
the region, by putting point at the beginning and the mark at the end.
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