This is a very basic tip, but is something we’ll come back to and build on.
To search for text in the buffer, use
C-s and start typing a string to search forwards and
C-r to search backwards. Repeatedly pressing
C-r will move to the next/previous match.
A useful extra tip is that pressing
C-r for a second time before entering your search string will reuse the previous search string.
In emacs, searching is useful finding occurrences of a string in a buffer, but also moving the cursor to a different place in the buffer to continue editing. For example, I might decide I wanted to move the cursor to the end of the word “repeatedly” in the first paragraph to make an edit. I can get their using e.g.
C-r edly and hitting
C-r a couple of times to move to that point. I then hit
RET to end the search and the cursor is where I want it to be.
Remember that you can always use
C-u C-SPACE to jump back to where you started you search after you are finished.
There are a lot of more advanced packages for searching and jumping around the buffer, and we’ll come to those in due course…