Emacs provides extensive help features accessible through a single character, C-h. C-h is a prefix key that is used only for documentation-printing commands. The characters that you can type after C-h are called help options. One help option is C-h; that is how you ask for help about using C-h. To cancel, type C-g. The function key F1 is equivalent to C-h.
C-h C-h (
help-for-help) displays a list of the possible
help options, each with a brief description. Before you type a help
option, you can use SPC or DEL to scroll through the list.
C-h or F1 means "help" in various other contexts as
well. For example, in the middle of
query-replace, it describes
the options available for how to operate on the current match. After a
prefix key, it displays a list of the alternatives that can follow the
prefix key. (A few prefix keys don't support C-h, because they
define other meanings for it, but they all support F1.)
Most help buffers use a special major mode, Help mode, which lets you scroll conveniently with SPC and DEL.
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