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P. Frames and X Windows

When using the X Window System, you can create multiple windows at the X level in a single Emacs session. Each X window that belongs to Emacs displays a frame which can contain one or several Emacs windows. A frame initially contains a single general-purpose Emacs window which you can subdivide vertically or horizontally into smaller windows. A frame normally contains its own echo area and minibuffer, but you can make frames that don't have these--they use the echo area and minibuffer of another frame.

Editing you do in one frame also affects the other frames. For instance, if you put text in the kill ring in one frame, you can yank it in another frame. If you exit Emacs through C-x C-c in one frame, it terminates all the frames. To delete just one frame, use C-x 5 0 (that is zero, not o).

To avoid confusion, we reserve the word "window" for the subdivisions that Emacs implements, and never use it to refer to a frame.

Emacs compiled for MS-DOS emulates some aspects of the window system so that you can use many of the features described in this chapter. See section AH.1 Keyboard and Mouse on MS-DOS, for more information.

Emacs compiled for MS Windows mostly supports the same features as under X. However, images, tool bars, and tooltips are not yet available in Emacs version 21.1 on MS-Windows.

P.1 Mouse Commands for Editing  Moving, cutting, and pasting, with the mouse.
P.2 Secondary Selection  Cutting without altering point and mark.
P.3 Using the Clipboard  Using the clipboard for selections.
P.4 Following References with the Mouse  Using the mouse to select an item from a list.
P.5 Mouse Clicks for Menus  Mouse clicks that bring up menus.
P.6 Mode Line Mouse Commands  Mouse clicks on the mode line.
P.7 Creating Frames  Creating additional Emacs frames with various contents.
P.8 Frame Commands  Iconifying, deleting, and switching frames.
P.9 Making and Using a Speedbar Frame  How to make and use a speedbar frame.
P.10 Multiple Displays  How one Emacs job can talk to several displays.
P.11 Special Buffer Frames  You can make certain buffers have their own frames.
P.12 Setting Frame Parameters  Changing the colors and other modes of frames.
P.13 Scroll Bars  How to enable and disable scroll bars; how to use them.
P.14 Scrolling With "Wheeled" Mice  Using mouse wheels for scrolling.
P.15 Menu Bars  Enabling and disabling the menu bar.
P.16 Tool Bars  Enabling and disabling the tool bar.
P.17 Using Dialog Boxes  Controlling use of dialog boxes.
P.18 Tooltips (or "Balloon Help")  Showing "tooltips", AKA "balloon help" for active text.
P.19 Mouse Avoidance  Moving the mouse pointer out of the way.
P.20 Non-Window Terminals  Multiple frames on terminals that show only one.
P.21 Using a Mouse in Terminal Emulators  Using the mouse in an XTerm terminal emulator.

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P.1 Mouse Commands for Editing

The mouse commands for selecting and copying a region are mostly compatible with the xterm program. You can use the same mouse commands for copying between Emacs and other X client programs.

If you select a region with any of these mouse commands, and then immediately afterward type the DELETE function key, it deletes the region that you selected. The BACKSPACE function key and the ASCII character DEL do not do this; if you type any other key in between the mouse command and DELETE, it does not do this.

Move point to where you click (mouse-set-point). This is normally the left button.

Set the region to the text you select by dragging, and copy it to the kill ring (mouse-set-region). You can specify both ends of the region with this single command.

If you move the mouse off the top or bottom of the window while dragging, the window scrolls at a steady rate until you move the mouse back into the window. This way, you can select regions that don't fit entirely on the screen. The number of lines scrolled per step depends on how far away from the window edge the mouse has gone; the variable mouse-scroll-min-lines specifies a minimum step size.

Yank the last killed text, where you click (mouse-yank-at-click). This is normally the middle button.

This command, mouse-save-then-kill, has several functions depending on where you click and the status of the region.

The most basic case is when you click Mouse-1 in one place and then Mouse-3 in another. This selects the text between those two positions as the region. It also copies the new region to the kill ring, so that you can copy it to someplace else.

If you click Mouse-1 in the text, scroll with the scroll bar, and then click Mouse-3, it remembers where point was before scrolling (where you put it with Mouse-1), and uses that position as the other end of the region. This is so that you can select a region that doesn't fit entirely on the screen.

More generally, if you do not have a highlighted region, Mouse-3 selects the text between point and the click position as the region. It does this by setting the mark where point was, and moving point to where you click.

If you have a highlighted region, or if the region was set just before by dragging button 1, Mouse-3 adjusts the nearer end of the region by moving it to where you click. The adjusted region's text also replaces the old region's text in the kill ring.

If you originally specified the region using a double or triple Mouse-1, so that the region is defined to consist of entire words or lines, then adjusting the region with Mouse-3 also proceeds by entire words or lines.

If you use Mouse-3 a second time consecutively, at the same place, that kills the region already selected.

This key sets the region around the word which you click on. If you click on a character with "symbol" syntax (such as underscore, in C mode), it sets the region around the symbol surrounding that character.

If you click on a character with open-parenthesis or close-parenthesis syntax, it sets the region around the parenthetical grouping which that character starts or ends. If you click on a character with string-delimiter syntax (such as a singlequote or doublequote in C), it sets the region around the string constant (using heuristics to figure out whether that character is the beginning or the end of it).

This key selects a region made up of the words you drag across.

This key sets the region around the line you click on.

This key selects a region made up of the lines you drag across.

The simplest way to kill text with the mouse is to press Mouse-1 at one end, then press Mouse-3 twice at the other end. See section H.7 Deletion and Killing. To copy the text into the kill ring without deleting it from the buffer, press Mouse-3 just once--or just drag across the text with Mouse-1. Then you can copy it elsewhere by yanking it.

To yank the killed or copied text somewhere else, move the mouse there and press Mouse-2. See section H.8 Yanking. However, if mouse-yank-at-point is non-nil, Mouse-2 yanks at point. Then it does not matter where you click, or even which of the frame's windows you click on. The default value is nil. This variable also affects yanking the secondary selection.

To copy text to another X window, kill it or save it in the kill ring. Under X, this also sets the primary selection. Then use the "paste" or "yank" command of the program operating the other window to insert the text from the selection.

To copy text from another X window, use the "cut" or "copy" command of the program operating the other window, to select the text you want. Then yank it in Emacs with C-y or Mouse-2.

The standard coding system for X selections is compound-text. To specify another coding system for X selections, use C-x RET x or C-x RET X. See section Q.9 Specifying a Coding System.

These cutting and pasting commands also work on MS-Windows.

When Emacs puts text into the kill ring, or rotates text to the front of the kill ring, it sets the primary selection in the X server. This is how other X clients can access the text. Emacs also stores the text in the cut buffer, but only if the text is short enough (the value of x-cut-buffer-max specifies the maximum number of characters); putting long strings in the cut buffer can be slow.

The commands to yank the first entry in the kill ring actually check first for a primary selection in another program; after that, they check for text in the cut buffer. If neither of those sources provides text to yank, the kill ring contents are used.

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P.2 Secondary Selection

The secondary selection is another way of selecting text using X. It does not use point or the mark, so you can use it to kill text without setting point or the mark.

Set the secondary selection, with one end at the place where you press down the button, and the other end at the place where you release it (mouse-set-secondary). The highlighting appears and changes as you drag. You can control the appearance of the highlighting by customizing the secondary-selection face (see section AD.2.2.3 Customizing Faces).

If you move the mouse off the top or bottom of the window while dragging, the window scrolls at a steady rate until you move the mouse back into the window. This way, you can mark regions that don't fit entirely on the screen.

Set one endpoint for the secondary selection (mouse-start-secondary).

Make a secondary selection, using the place specified with M-Mouse-1 as the other end (mouse-secondary-save-then-kill). A second click at the same place kills the secondary selection just made.

Insert the secondary selection where you click (mouse-yank-secondary). This places point at the end of the yanked text.

Double or triple clicking of M-Mouse-1 operates on words and lines, much like Mouse-1.

If mouse-yank-at-point is non-nil, M-Mouse-2 yanks at point. Then it does not matter precisely where you click; all that matters is which window you click on. See section P.1 Mouse Commands for Editing.

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P.3 Using the Clipboard

As well as the primary and secondary selection types, X supports a clipboard selection type which is used by some applications, particularly under OpenWindows and Gnome.

The command M-x menu-bar-enable-clipboard makes the Cut, Paste and Copy menu items, as well as the keys of the same names, all use the clipboard. You can customize the option x-select-enable-clipboard to make the Emacs yank functions consult the clipboard before the primary selection, and to make the kill functions to store in the clipboard as well as the primary selection. Otherwise they do not access the clipboard at all. Using the clipboard is the default on MS-Windows, unlike most systems.

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P.4 Following References with the Mouse

Some Emacs buffers display lists of various sorts. These include lists of files, of buffers, of possible completions, of matches for a pattern, and so on.

Since yanking text into these buffers is not very useful, most of them define Mouse-2 specially, as a command to use or view the item you click on.

For example, if you click Mouse-2 on a file name in a Dired buffer, you visit that file. If you click Mouse-2 on an error message in the `*Compilation*' buffer, you go to the source code for that error message. If you click Mouse-2 on a completion in the `*Completions*' buffer, you choose that completion.

You can usually tell when Mouse-2 has this special sort of meaning because the sensitive text highlights when you move the mouse over it.

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P.5 Mouse Clicks for Menus

Mouse clicks modified with the CTRL and SHIFT keys bring up menus.

This menu is for selecting a buffer.

The MSB ("mouse select buffer") global minor mode makes this menu smarter and more customizable. See section N.7.3 Customizing Buffer Menus.

This menu is for specifying faces and other text properties for editing formatted text. See section T.11 Editing Formatted Text.

This menu is mode-specific. For most modes if Menu-bar mode is on, this menu has the same items as all the mode-specific menu-bar menus put together. Some modes may specify a different menu for this button.(2) If Menu-bar mode is off, this menu contains all the items which would be present in the menu bar--not just the mode-specific ones--so that you can access them without having to display the menu bar.

This menu is for specifying the frame's principal font.

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P.6 Mode Line Mouse Commands

You can use mouse clicks on window mode lines to select and manipulate windows.

Mouse-1 on a mode line selects the window above. By dragging Mouse-1 on the mode line, you can move it, thus changing the height of the windows above and below.

Mouse-2 on a mode line expands that window to fill its frame.

Mouse-3 on a mode line deletes the window above. If the frame has only one window, it buries the current buffer instead and switches to another buffer.

C-Mouse-2 on a mode line splits the window above horizontally, above the place in the mode line where you click.

C-Mouse-2 on a scroll bar splits the corresponding window vertically, unless you are using an X toolkit's implementation of scroll bars. See section O.2 Splitting Windows.

The commands above apply to areas of the mode line which do not have special mouse bindings of their own. Some areas, such as the buffer name and the major mode name, have their own special mouse bindings. Emacs displays information about these bindings when you hold the mouse over such a place (see section P.18 Tooltips (or "Balloon Help")).

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P.7 Creating Frames

The prefix key C-x 5 is analogous to C-x 4, with parallel subcommands. The difference is that C-x 5 commands create a new frame rather than just a new window in the selected frame (see section O.4 Displaying in Another Window). If an existing visible or iconified frame already displays the requested material, these commands use the existing frame, after raising or deiconifying as necessary.

The various C-x 5 commands differ in how they find or create the buffer to select:

C-x 5 2
Create a new frame (make-frame-command).
C-x 5 b bufname RET
Select buffer bufname in another frame. This runs switch-to-buffer-other-frame.
C-x 5 f filename RET
Visit file filename and select its buffer in another frame. This runs find-file-other-frame. See section M.2 Visiting Files.
C-x 5 d directory RET
Select a Dired buffer for directory directory in another frame. This runs dired-other-frame. See section AB. Dired, the Directory Editor.
C-x 5 m
Start composing a mail message in another frame. This runs mail-other-frame. It is the other-frame variant of C-x m. See section Z. Sending Mail.
C-x 5 .
Find a tag in the current tag table in another frame. This runs find-tag-other-frame, the multiple-frame variant of M-.. See section W.2 Tags Tables.
C-x 5 r filename RET
Visit file filename read-only, and select its buffer in another frame. This runs find-file-read-only-other-frame. See section M.2 Visiting Files.

You can control the appearance of new frames you create by setting the frame parameters in default-frame-alist. You can use the variable initial-frame-alist to specify parameters that affect only the initial frame. See section `Initial Parameters' in The Emacs Lisp Reference Manual, for more information.

The easiest way to specify the principal font for all your Emacs frames is with an X resource (see section AE.7 Font Specification Options), but you can also do it by modifying default-frame-alist to specify the font parameter, as shown here:

(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(font . "10x20"))

Here's a similar example for specifying a foreground color:

(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(background-color . "blue"))

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P.8 Frame Commands

The following commands let you create, delete and operate on frames:

Iconify the selected Emacs frame (iconify-or-deiconify-frame). The normal meaning of C-z, to suspend Emacs, is not useful under a window system, so it has a different binding in that case.

If you type this command on an Emacs frame's icon, it deiconifies the frame.

C-x 5 0
Delete the selected frame (delete-frame). This is not allowed if there is only one frame.

C-x 5 o
Select another frame, raise it, and warp the mouse to it so that it stays selected. If you repeat this command, it cycles through all the frames on your terminal.

C-x 5 1
Delete all frames except the selected one.

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P.9 Making and Using a Speedbar Frame

An Emacs frame can have a speedbar, which is a vertical window that serves as a scrollable menu of files you could visit and tags within those files. To create a speedbar, type M-x speedbar; this creates a speedbar window for the selected frame. From then on, you can click on a file name in the speedbar to visit that file in the corresponding Emacs frame, or click on a tag name to jump to that tag in the Emacs frame.

Initially the speedbar lists the immediate contents of the current directory, one file per line. Each line also has a box, `[+]' or `<+>', that you can click on with Mouse-2 to "open up" the contents of that item. If the line names a directory, opening it adds the contents of that directory to the speedbar display, underneath the directory's own line. If the line lists an ordinary file, opening it up adds a list of the tags in that file to the speedbar display. When a file is opened up, the `[+]' changes to `[-]'; you can click on that box to "close up" that file (hide its contents).

Some major modes, including Rmail mode, Info, and GUD, have specialized ways of putting useful items into the speedbar for you to select. For example, in Rmail mode, the speedbar shows a list of Rmail files, and lets you move the current message to another Rmail file by clicking on its `<M>' box.

A speedbar belongs to one Emacs frame, and always operates on that frame. If you use multiple frames, you can make a speedbar for some or all of the frames; type M-x speedbar in any given frame to make a speedbar for it.

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P.10 Multiple Displays

A single Emacs can talk to more than one X display. Initially, Emacs uses just one display--the one specified with the DISPLAY environment variable or with the `--display' option (see section AE.2 Initial Options). To connect to another display, use the command make-frame-on-display:

M-x make-frame-on-display RET display RET
Create a new frame on display display.

A single X server can handle more than one screen. When you open frames on two screens belonging to one server, Emacs knows they share a single keyboard, and it treats all the commands arriving from these screens as a single stream of input.

When you open frames on different X servers, Emacs makes a separate input stream for each server. This way, two users can type simultaneously on the two displays, and Emacs will not garble their input. Each server also has its own selected frame. The commands you enter with a particular X server apply to that server's selected frame.

Despite these features, people using the same Emacs job from different displays can still interfere with each other if they are not careful. For example, if any one types C-x C-c, that exits the Emacs job for all of them!

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P.11 Special Buffer Frames

You can make certain chosen buffers, for which Emacs normally creates a second window when you have just one window, appear in special frames of their own. To do this, set the variable special-display-buffer-names to a list of buffer names; any buffer whose name is in that list automatically gets a special frame, when an Emacs command wants to display it "in another window."

For example, if you set the variable this way,

(setq special-display-buffer-names
      '("*Completions*" "*grep*" "*tex-shell*"))

then completion lists, grep output and the TeX mode shell buffer get individual frames of their own. These frames, and the windows in them, are never automatically split or reused for any other buffers. They continue to show the buffers they were created for, unless you alter them by hand. Killing the special buffer deletes its frame automatically.

More generally, you can set special-display-regexps to a list of regular expressions; then a buffer gets its own frame if its name matches any of those regular expressions. (Once again, this applies only to buffers that normally get displayed for you in a separate window.)

The variable special-display-frame-alist specifies the frame parameters for these frames. It has a default value, so you don't need to set it.

For those who know Lisp, an element of special-display-buffer-names or special-display-regexps can also be a list. Then the first element is the buffer name or regular expression; the rest of the list specifies how to create the frame. It can be an association list specifying frame parameter values; these values take precedence over parameter values specified in special-display-frame-alist. Alternatively, it can have this form:

(function args...)

where function is a symbol. Then the frame is constructed by calling function; its first argument is the buffer, and its remaining arguments are args.

An analogous feature lets you specify buffers which should be displayed in the selected window. See section O.5 Forcing Display in the Same Window. The same-window feature takes precedence over the special-frame feature; therefore, if you add a buffer name to special-display-buffer-names and it has no effect, check to see whether that feature is also in use for the same buffer name.

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P.12 Setting Frame Parameters

This section describes commands for altering the display style and window management behavior of the selected frame.

M-x set-foreground-color RET color RET
Specify color color for the foreground of the selected frame. (This also changes the foreground color of the default face.)

M-x set-background-color RET color RET
Specify color color for the background of the selected frame. (This also changes the background color of the default face.)

M-x set-cursor-color RET color RET
Specify color color for the cursor of the selected frame.

M-x set-mouse-color RET color RET
Specify color color for the mouse cursor when it is over the selected frame.

M-x set-border-color RET color RET
Specify color color for the border of the selected frame.

M-x list-colors-display
Display the defined color names and show what the colors look like. This command is somewhat slow.

M-x auto-raise-mode
Toggle whether or not the selected frame should auto-raise. Auto-raise means that every time you move the mouse onto the frame, it raises the frame.

Note that this auto-raise feature is implemented by Emacs itself. Some window managers also implement auto-raise. If you enable auto-raise for Emacs frames in your X window manager, it should work, but it is beyond Emacs's control and therefore auto-raise-mode has no effect on it.

M-x auto-lower-mode
Toggle whether or not the selected frame should auto-lower. Auto-lower means that every time you move the mouse off the frame, the frame moves to the bottom of the stack of X windows.

The command auto-lower-mode has no effect on auto-lower implemented by the X window manager. To control that, you must use the appropriate window manager features.

M-x set-frame-font RET font RET
Specify font font as the principal font for the selected frame. The principal font controls several face attributes of the default face (see section J.1 Using Multiple Typefaces). For example, if the principal font has a height of 12 pt, all text will be drawn in 12 pt fonts, unless you use another face that specifies a different height. See section AE.7 Font Specification Options, for ways to list the available fonts on your system.

You can also set a frame's principal font through a pop-up menu. Press S-Mouse-1 to activate this menu.

In Emacs versions that use an X toolkit, the color-setting and font-setting functions don't affect menus and the menu bar, since they are displayed by their own widget classes. To change the appearance of the menus and menu bar, you must use X resources (see section AE.13 X Resources). See section AE.8 Window Color Options, regarding colors. See section AE.7 Font Specification Options, regarding choice of font.

Colors, fonts, and other attributes of the frame's display can also be customized by setting frame parameters in the variable default-frame-alist (see section P.7 Creating Frames). For a detailed description of frame parameters and customization, see section `Frame Parameters' in The Emacs Lisp Reference Manual.

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P.13 Scroll Bars

When using X, Emacs normally makes a scroll bar at the left of each Emacs window.(3) The scroll bar runs the height of the window, and shows a moving rectangular inner box which represents the portion of the buffer currently displayed. The entire height of the scroll bar represents the entire length of the buffer.

You can use Mouse-2 (normally, the middle button) in the scroll bar to move or drag the inner box up and down. If you move it to the top of the scroll bar, you see the top of the buffer. If you move it to the bottom of the scroll bar, you see the bottom of the buffer.

The left and right buttons in the scroll bar scroll by controlled increments. Mouse-1 (normally, the left button) moves the line at the level where you click up to the top of the window. Mouse-3 (normally, the right button) moves the line at the top of the window down to the level where you click. By clicking repeatedly in the same place, you can scroll by the same distance over and over.

If you are using Emacs's own implementation of scroll bars, as opposed to scroll bars from an X toolkit, you can also click C-Mouse-2 in the scroll bar to split a window vertically. The split occurs on the line where you click.

You can enable or disable Scroll Bar mode with the command M-x scroll-bar-mode. With no argument, it toggles the use of scroll bars. With an argument, it turns use of scroll bars on if and only if the argument is positive. This command applies to all frames, including frames yet to be created. Customize the option scroll-bar-mode to control the use of scroll bars at startup. You can use it to specify that they are placed at the right of windows if you prefer that. You can use the X resource `verticalScrollBars' to control the initial setting of Scroll Bar mode similarly. See section AE.13 X Resources.

To enable or disable scroll bars for just the selected frame, use the M-x toggle-scroll-bar command.

You can control the scroll bar width by changing the value of the scroll-bar-width frame parameter.

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P.14 Scrolling With "Wheeled" Mice

Some mice have a "wheel" instead of a third button. You can usually click the wheel to act as either Mouse-2 or Mouse-3, depending on the setup. You can also use the wheel to scroll windows instead of using the scroll bar or keyboard commands. To do so, turn on Mouse Wheel global minor mode with the command M-x mouse-wheel-mode or by customizing the option mouse-wheel-mode. Support for the wheel depends on the system generating appropriate events for Emacs.

The variables mouse-wheel-follow-mouse and mouse-wheel-scroll-amount determine where and by how much buffers are scrolled.

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P.15 Menu Bars

You can turn display of menu bars on or off with M-x menu-bar-mode or by customizing the option menu-bar-mode. With no argument, this command toggles Menu Bar mode, a minor mode. With an argument, the command turns Menu Bar mode on if the argument is positive, off if the argument is not positive. You can use the X resource `menuBarLines' to control the initial setting of Menu Bar mode. See section AE.13 X Resources.

Expert users often turn off the menu bar, especially on text-only terminals, where this makes one additional line available for text. If the menu bar is off, you can still pop up a menu of its contents with C-Mouse-3 on a display which supports pop-up menus. See section P.5 Mouse Clicks for Menus.

See section B.4 The Menu Bar, for information on how to invoke commands with the menu bar.

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P.16 Tool Bars

The tool bar is a line (or multiple lines) of icons at the top of the Emacs window. You can click on these icons with the mouse to do various jobs.

The global tool bar contains general commands. Some major modes define their own tool bars to replace it. A few "special" modes that are not designed for ordinary editing remove some items from the global tool bar.

Tool bars work only on a graphical display. The tool bar uses colored XPM icons if Emacs was built with XPM support. Otherwise, the tool bar uses monochrome icons (PBM or XBM format).

You can turn display of tool bars on or off with M-x tool-bar-mode.

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P.17 Using Dialog Boxes

A dialog box is a special kind of menu for asking you a yes-or-no question or some other special question. Many Emacs commands use a dialog box to ask a yes-or-no question, if you used the mouse to invoke the command to begin with.

You can customize the option use-dialog-box to suppress the use of dialog boxes. This also controls whether to use file selection windows (but those are not supported on all platforms).

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P.18 Tooltips (or "Balloon Help")

Tooltips are small X windows displaying a help string at the current mouse position, typically over text--including the mode line--which can be activated with the mouse or other keys. (This facility is sometimes known as balloon help.) Help text may be available for menu items too.

To use tooltips, enable Tooltip mode with the command M-x tooltip-mode. The customization group tooltip controls various aspects of how tooltips work. When Tooltip mode is disabled, the help text is displayed in the echo area instead.

As of Emacs 21.1, tooltips are not supported on MS-Windows. So help text always appears in the echo area.

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P.19 Mouse Avoidance

Mouse Avoidance mode keeps the window system mouse pointer away from point, to avoid obscuring text. Whenever it moves the mouse, it also raises the frame. To use Mouse Avoidance mode, customize the option mouse-avoidance-mode. You can set this to various values to move the mouse in several ways:

Move the mouse to the upper-right corner on any key-press;
Move the mouse to the corner only if the cursor gets too close, and allow it to return once the cursor is out of the way;
If the cursor gets too close to the mouse, displace the mouse a random distance & direction;
As jump, but shows steps along the way for illusion of motion;
The same as animate;
As animate, but changes the shape of the mouse pointer too.

You can also use the command M-x mouse-avoidance-mode to enable the mode.

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P.20 Non-Window Terminals

If your terminal does not have a window system that Emacs supports, then it can display only one Emacs frame at a time. However, you can still create multiple Emacs frames, and switch between them. Switching frames on these terminals is much like switching between different window configurations.

Use C-x 5 2 to create a new frame and switch to it; use C-x 5 o to cycle through the existing frames; use C-x 5 0 to delete the current frame.

Each frame has a number to distinguish it. If your terminal can display only one frame at a time, the selected frame's number n appears near the beginning of the mode line, in the form `Fn'.

`Fn' is actually the frame's name. You can also specify a different name if you wish, and you can select a frame by its name. Use the command M-x set-frame-name RET name RET to specify a new name for the selected frame, and use M-x select-frame-by-name RET name RET to select a frame according to its name. The name you specify appears in the mode line when the frame is selected.

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P.21 Using a Mouse in Terminal Emulators

Some terminal emulators under X support mouse clicks in the terminal window. In a terminal emulator which is compatible with xterm, you can use M-x xterm-mouse-mode to enable simple use of the mouse--only single clicks are supported. The normal xterm mouse functionality is still available by holding down the SHIFT key when you press the mouse button. The Linux console supports this mode if it has support for the mouse enabled, e.g. using the gpm daemon.

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