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Re: Free cursor positioning.

From: Jambunathan K
Subject: Re: Free cursor positioning.
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2011 14:32:05 +0530
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (windows-nt)

Oleksandr Gavenko <> writes:

> Some user ask me how configure Emacs to move cursor in any position
> like this done in editor of Far file manager.
> So if you press RIGHT at the end of string cursor move right not to
> next string and so on. If you type any char after the end of line
> editor automatically add spaces from the end of line up to inserted new
> char.
> This useful for those who like rectangle command because to mark
> the rectangle:
>   line 1 short                       
>   line 2 toooooooooooooo looooooooong
>   line 3 short
> you need type spaces after 'short' to include tooo looong.

You can use C-u 2 3 SPC to insert space character 23 times. (For this to
work C-h k SPC should report self-insert-command)

You can also use the interactive command move-to-column to forcibly add
tabs/spaces for filling to the end of line. If you put this function in
your .emacs or temporarily install it with C-x C-e

(defun my-move-to-column (column)
  (interactive "N")
  (move-to-column column t)) 
                            ^ C-x C-e here  

then if you do

C-u 3 9 M-x my-move-to-column 

anywhere from within the short line seen above it will add the needed

ps: I am unable to see how the FORCE argument of move-to-column is
defined for interactive purposes. 

Jambunathan K.

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