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The GNU info Command

Copyright (C) 2003 by Steve Litt
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The GNU info command fills a role like the man command, but very often has much more information. It's therefore essential.

Unfortunately, the info command's keyboard interface is unlike any other application, and VERY counterintuitive. For that reason I provide this quick guide to info keystrokes:

Func name
Program and Window commands
Quits the info program.
Help tutorial
Sends you to a thorough info tutorial.
Basic command reference
Sends you to a basic command reference, which is actually much less basic than what you're reading right now.
Switch info windows
C-x o
If the info screen is split into multiple windows, this command moves you to another window.
Delete the current window
C-x 0
That's a zero, not a capital o.
Delete all windows except the current
C-x 1
That's one, not lowercase L.

Node Navigation commands
Next node
Moves you to the next node. The next node is defined as the current node's next sibling in the hierarchy.
Previous node
Moves you to the previous node. The previous node is defined as the current node's previous sibling in the hierarchy. DANGER WILL ROBINSON: This is not the previous node visited, but instead the previous node defined by the info author. If you want the previous node visited, that's the last (l) command.
Up to parent node
Go up to the parent node.
Last node visited
Go to the last node visited. This is like the "back button" on a browser.
Beginning of node
Go to the top of current mode. Why isn't this called t? Because t takes you to the top node in the file.
Top of node
Follow Reference
When you press Enter while the cursor is on a line that starts with an asterisk, if that line is later in the node than one that starts with an asterisk and is followed by a space and the word "menu", you will be transported to the referenced node. To come back from a referenced node, use the l (last node visited) command.

Scrolling Commands
Down 1 line

Up 1 line

Down several lines
Walks up and down the hierarchy. This makes the info file read like a book.
Up several lines
Walks up and down the hierarchy in the reverse direction of the Space command

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