Many people find that reading screens of text page by page is made easier when one is able to indicate particular pieces of text with some kind of pointing device. Since this is the case, GNU Info (both the Emacs and stand-alone versions) have several commands which allow you to move the cursor about the screen. The notation used in this manual to describe keystrokes is identical to the notation used within the Emacs manual, and the GNU Readline manual. See User Input in The GNU Emacs Manual, if you are unfamiliar with the notation.1
The following table lists the basic cursor movement commands in Info.
Each entry consists of the key sequence you should type to execute the
cursor movement, the
M-x2 command name (displayed
in parentheses), and a short description of what the command does.
All of the cursor motion commands can take a numeric argument
(see to find
out how to supply them. With a numeric argument, the motion commands
are simply executed that many times; for example, a numeric argument
of 4 given to
next-line causes the cursor to move down 4 lines.
With a negative numeric argument, the motion is reversed; an argument
of -4 given to the
next-line command would cause the
cursor to move up 4 lines.
Move the cursor down to the next line.
Move the cursor up to the previous line.
Move the cursor to the start of the current line.
Move the cursor to the end of the current line.
Move the cursor forward a character.
Move the cursor backward a character.
Move the cursor forward a word.
Move the cursor backward a word.
Move the cursor to the start of the current node.
Move the cursor to the end of the current node.
Move the cursor to a specific line of the window. Without a numeric
M-r moves the cursor to the start of the line in the
center of the window. With a numeric argument of n,
moves the cursor to the start of the nth line in the window.
Here’s a short summary. C-x means press the CTRL key and the key x. M-x means press the META key and the key x. On many terminals th META key is known as the ALT key. SPC is the space bar. The other keys are usually called by the names imprinted on them.
M-x is also a command;
execute-extended-command, letting you run a command
by name. See Executing an extended command in The GNU
Emacs Manual, for more detailed information.