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25.3 Using Other Windows

C-x o
Select another window (other-window). That is o, not zero.
C-M-v
Scroll the next window (scroll-other-window).
M-x compare-windows
Find next place where the text in the selected window does not match the text in the next window.
Mouse-1
Mouse-1, in a window's mode line, selects that window but does not move point in it (mouse-select-window).

To select a different window, click with Mouse-1 on its mode line. With the keyboard, you can switch windows by typing C-x o (other-window). That is an o, for “other,” not a zero. When there are more than two windows, this command moves through all the windows in a cyclic order, generally top to bottom and left to right. After the rightmost and bottommost window, it goes back to the one at the upper left corner. A numeric argument means to move several steps in the cyclic order of windows. A negative argument moves around the cycle in the opposite order. When the minibuffer is active, the minibuffer is the last window in the cycle; you can switch from the minibuffer window to one of the other windows, and later switch back and finish supplying the minibuffer argument that is requested. See Minibuffer Edit.

The usual scrolling commands (see Display) apply to the selected window only, but there is one command to scroll the next window. C-M-v (scroll-other-window) scrolls the window that C-x o would select. It takes arguments, positive and negative, like C-v. (In the minibuffer, C-M-v scrolls the window that contains the minibuffer help display, if any, rather than the next window in the standard cyclic order.)

The command M-x compare-windows lets you compare two files or buffers visible in two windows, by moving through them to the next mismatch. See Comparing Files, for details.

If you set mouse-autoselect-window to a non-nil value, moving the mouse into a different window selects that window. This feature is off by default.


 
 
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