The commands of Forms mode belong to the C-c prefix, with one exception: <TAB>, which moves to the next field. Forms mode uses different key maps for normal mode and read-only mode. In read-only Forms mode, you can access most of the commands without the C-c prefix, but you must type ordinary letters instead of control characters; for example, type n instead of C-c C-n.
If your Emacs has been built with X-toolkit support, Forms mode will provide its own menu with a number of Forms mode commands.
forms-next-record). With a numeric argument n, show the nth next record.
forms-prev-record). With a numeric argument n, show the nth previous record.
forms-jump-record). Specify the record number with a numeric argument.
forms-last-record). This command also recalculates the number of records in the data file.
forms-next-field). With a numeric argument n, jump forward n fields. If this command would move past the last field, it wraps around to the first field.
forms-toggle-read-only). In read-only Forms mode, you cannot edit the fields; most Forms mode commands can be accessed without the prefix C-c if you use the normal letter instead (for example, type n instead of C-c C-n). In edit mode, you can edit the fields and thus change the contents of the data base; you must begin Forms mode commands with
C-c. Switching to edit mode is allowed only if you have write access to the data file.
forms-insert-record). It starts out with empty (or default) contents for its fields; you can then edit the fields. With a numeric argument, the new record is created after the current one. See also
forms-modified-record-filterin Modifying Forms Contents.
forms-delete-record). You are prompted for confirmation before the record is deleted unless a numeric argument has been provided.
forms-search-forward). If found, this record is shown. If you give an empty argument, the previous regexp is used again.
forms-search-backward). If found, this record is shown. If you give an empty argument, the previous regexp is used again.
forms-next-fieldbut moves backwards.
save-buffer. When executed in the forms buffer it will save the contents of the (modified) data buffer instead. In Forms mode this function will be bound to C-x C-s.
In addition the command M-x revert-buffer is useful in Forms mode just as in other modes.
The following function key definitions are set up in Forms mode (whether read-only or not):