9.3.2 Completion Commands
Here is a list of the completion commands defined in the minibuffer
when completion is available.
- Complete the text before point in the minibuffer as much as possible
- Complete the minibuffer text before point, but don't go beyond one
minibuffer-complete-word). <SPC> for completion is
not available when entering a file name, since some users often put
spaces in filenames.
- Submit the text in the minibuffer as the argument, possibly completing
first as described
in the next node (
minibuffer-complete-and-exit). See Strict Completion.
- Display a list of all possible completions of the text in the minibuffer
<SPC> completes much like <TAB>, but never goes beyond the
next hyphen or space. If you have ‘auto-f’ in the minibuffer and
type <SPC>, it finds that the completion is ‘auto-fill-mode’,
but it stops completing after ‘fill-’. This gives
‘auto-fill-’. Another <SPC> at this point completes all the
way to ‘auto-fill-mode’. The command that implements this
behavior is called
Here are some commands you can use to choose a completion from a
window that displays a list of completions:
- Clicking mouse button 1 or 2 on a completion in the list of possible
completions chooses that completion (
You normally use this command while point is in the minibuffer, but you
must click in the list of completions, not in the minibuffer itself.
- Typing <PRIOR> or <PAGE-UP>, or M-v, while in the
minibuffer, selects the window showing the completion list buffer
switch-to-completions). This paves the way for using the
commands below. (Selecting that window in the usual ways has the same
effect, but this way is more convenient.)
- Typing <RET> in the completion list buffer chooses the
completion that point is in or next to (
use this command, you must first switch windows to the window that shows
the list of completions.
- Typing the right-arrow key <RIGHT> in the completion list
buffer moves point to the following completion (
- Typing the left-arrow key <LEFT> in the completion list
buffer moves point toward the beginning of the buffer, to the previous