This manual describes the Dired features provided by the file dired-x.el. To take advantage of these features, you must load the file and (optionally) set some variables.
In your ~/.emacs file, or in the system-wide initialization file default.el in the site-lisp directory, put
(add-hook 'dired-load-hook (lambda () (load "dired-x") ;; Set dired-x global variables here. For example: ;; (setq dired-guess-shell-gnutar "gtar") ;; (setq dired-x-hands-off-my-keys nil) )) (add-hook 'dired-mode-hook (lambda () ;; Set dired-x buffer-local variables here. For example: ;; (dired-omit-mode 1) ))
This will load dired-x.el when Dired is first invoked (for example, when you first type C-x d).