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33.2 Scrolling Within a Message

When Rmail displays a message that does not fit on the screen, you must scroll through it to read the rest. You could do this with the usual scrolling commands: C-v, M-v and M-< (see Scrolling), but in Rmail scrolling is so frequent that it deserves to be easier.

SPC

Scroll forward (scroll-up-command).

DEL
S-SPC

Scroll backward (scroll-down-command).

.

Scroll to start of message (rmail-beginning-of-message).

/

Scroll to end of message (rmail-end-of-message).

Since the most common thing to do while reading a message is to scroll through it by screenfuls, Rmail makes SPC and DEL (or S-SPC) do the same as C-v (scroll-up-command) and M-v (scroll-down-command) respectively.

The command . (rmail-beginning-of-message) scrolls back to the beginning of the selected message. This is not quite the same as M-<: for one thing, it does not set the mark; for another, it resets the buffer boundaries of the current message if you have changed them (e.g., by editing, see Rmail Editing). Similarly, the command / (rmail-end-of-message) scrolls forward to the end of the selected message.