Emacs Advent Calendar 05: Registers for Text

Sat 2015-12-05

Using the kill ring to paste snippets of text sometimes just does not cut it. In these cases, registers come in handy.

Registers are similar to variables: They are named places where a piece of text (and other stuff) can be stored. A register's name is a single character, i.e. a number or a letter (case sensitive). Here, it will be denoted here by a generic 'R'.

To copy the content of the region into register R, use C-x r s R.

To insert the text from register R at point, use C-x r i R.

More information on this can be found in section 13.2 (Saving Text in Registers) of the Emacs Reference Manual.

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