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Re: alt-tab? really? you're joking...

From: Tassilo Horn
Subject: Re: alt-tab? really? you're joking...
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:12:57 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.130012 (Ma Gnus v0.12) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Hikaru Ichijyo <> writes:

>> M-TAB is used for completion in dozens other places in emacs.
> Really?  I don't doubt you, but I'd never run into that before.  I've
> seen lots of ordinary tab completion, but never M-TAB.

Well, in any programming mode, `<M-tab>' runs `completion-at-point' or
`complete-symbol' which are the main completion functions in emacs.
(Actually, that's bound to `C-M-i' but that translates to `<M-tab>'
which is much easier to type.)

>> You have 3 options:
>>   a) Use `ESC TAB' instead of `M-TAB'.
> That would work.  A little awkward, but it would work.
>>   b) Use some other key as Meta, e.g., the windows key commonly found on
>>      keyboards.
> X11 on my system is already mapping that as "Super", and I'm already
> using it that way in numerous personal key bindings.  (It's convenient
> that almost nothing in Emacs seems to pre-define it for anything, so
> it's been a great place to put user defined stuff.)

That's true, but OTOH I favor a strict separation of keys, e.g., Control
and Meta are reserved for emacs, Super is reserved for the X11 window


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