Just A Couple Of Emacs Keybindings

Every now and then I’ll type something in Emacs with a certain goal, just to find that I get something completely different from what I’ve intended.

When in org file, I tried to convert a list item to a sub-header. The keybinding to make this conversion is `C-c *`. But when I (thought I) typed it, instead of getting a sub-header, a new buffer opened at the bottom of the frame – a calculator:

view-lossage

I had no idea how did that happen, and luckily recalled a tip I got, on how to move back in time using the `view-lossage` command, which display last 300 input keystrokes. Doing so, I found that instead of `C-c *`, I typed `C-x *`.

So now I know (and hopefully remember) that:

1. There’s a calculator1 in Emacs, bound to `C-x *`
2. `C-h l` is a useful way to track back clumsy keystrokes

Footnotes:

1

Not that I had any doubts there is, just didn’t think to look for it just yet. There are so many other “to-learn” things on my list…

2 thoughts on “Just A Couple Of Emacs Keybindings”

1. Anonymous says:

I think you meant to say “1. There’s a calculator in Emacs, bound to C-x *”

1. Oh, I thought I fixed this typo before… did now. Thanks for pointing it out.