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10 Help

Emacs provides a wide variety of help commands, all accessible through the prefix key C-h (or, equivalently, the function key <F1>). These help commands are described in the following sections. You can also type C-h C-h to view a list of help commands (help-for-help). You can scroll the list with <SPC> and <DEL>, then type the help command you want. To cancel, type C-g.

Many help commands display their information in a special help buffer. In this buffer, you can type <SPC> and <DEL> to scroll and type <RET> to follow hyperlinks. See Help Mode.

If you are looking for a certain feature, but don't know what it is called or where to look, we recommend three methods. First, try an apropos command, then try searching the manual index, then look in the FAQ and the package keywords.

C-h a topics <RET>
This searches for commands whose names match the argument topics. The argument can be a keyword, a list of keywords, or a regular expression (see Regexps). See Apropos.
C-h i d m emacs <RET> i topic <RET>
This searches for topic in the indices of the Emacs Info manual, displaying the first match found. Press , to see subsequent matches. You can use a regular expression as topic.
C-h i d m emacs <RET> s topic <RET>
Similar, but searches the text of the manual rather than the indices.
C-h C-f
This displays the Emacs FAQ, using Info.
C-h p
This displays the available Emacs packages based on keywords. See Package Keywords.

C-h or <F1> means “help” in various other contexts as well. For instance, you can type them after a prefix key to view a list of the keys that can follow the prefix key. (A few prefix keys don't support C-h in this way, because they define other meanings for it, but they all support <F1> for help.)