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Re: I for Interactive Programming? (was: widget_control and group_leader)
"Richard G. French" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Finally taking the plunge and trying to learn this system. I'm
> using a PC with xterm software on it to connect to my unix
> workstation. Trying to figure out how to use the Alt-TAB command
> inside emacs- Alt-TAB is a windows thing that lets you hop between
> running programs. I tried to use ESC-TAB but it does not seem to do
> the right completion. Instead, I get
> Use symbol help mode:
> and I am not sure what to do next. I've tried to find a way
> to bind a different key to be my ALT key but I haven't succeeded.
> Any emacs users out there who can help me out here? As should be
> obvious, I have not used emacs before.
Let me see if I understand. 'Alt-Tab' is a *windows* command which
has become disabled when the active window is the xterm window in
which you're running emacs and you want the windows functionality
back? Is that the problem? If this is not a correct rephrasing of
your problem, what are you expecting from the ALT-TAB key sequence?
That sequence isn't bound to anything in my (20.4.2) version of
I'm going to proceed on the assumption that what you want is the
window's functionality back.
What happens when you make some other window the active window? Does
the ALT-TAB functionality return?
Which version of emacs? And what xserver software are you
running. My guess is that it's the xserver software that's
intercepting the ALT key because that key is significant to many
xservers (it's how the system menus on many X windows are accessed
from the keyboard) For instance, on my system, an SGI, alt-F9 will
minimize the current active window. It's been years since I've run
any such software, but I remember it allowing you to set the
function of various control keys as part of a specific connection
configuration. If I've got your question right, and what you want is
the Windows functionality back, you really want the Windows GUI to
intercept the 'Alt-Tab' so that it never gets sent through the
xserver software to emacs *at all*. Perhaps 'unsetting' it in the
Be careful what you wish for, however. There might be some serious
side effects from taking the ALT key away from emacs, not to mention
the xserver. I've never seen any xserver software on windows (or
macs, for that matter) that didn't have some
... ummm... idiosyncracies. If all you're missing is the ability to
ALT-TAB your way around the active Win9x windows, I'd consider that
a fair price.
But that's just me.
William Daffer: 818-354-0161: William.Daffer@jpl.nasa.gov