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The Ctrl-X B command prompts you for a buffer
name. The command creates a buffer if one with that name doesn't
already exist, and connects the buffer to the current window.
The new-file command creates a new buffer and marks it so that
Epsilon will prompt for its file name when you try to save it. It
doesn't prompt for a buffer name, unlike Ctrl-X B, but chooses an unused
You can customize the behavior of the new-file command by
setting the variables new-file-mode and new-file-ext.
The new-file-mode variable contains the name of the
mode-setting command Epsilon should use to initialize new buffers;
the default is the c-mode command. The new-file-ext
variable contains the extension of the file name Epsilon constructs
for the new buffer; its default is ".c".
To get a list of the buffers, type Ctrl-X Ctrl-B. This runs the
bufed (for buffer edit) command, described fully in Buffer List Editing. Basically, bufed lists your buffers, along
with their sizes and the files (if any) contained in those buffers.
You can then easily switch to any buffer by positioning point on the
line describing the buffer and pressing the <Space> key. The
bufed command initially positions point on the buffer from
which you invoked bufed. Press Ctrl-G if you decide not to
switch buffers after all.
The Ctrl-X K command eliminates a buffer. It asks you for a buffer name
and gets rid of it. If the buffer has unsaved changes, the command
warns you first.
The Ctrl-X Ctrl-K command eliminates the current buffer, just like Ctrl-X K,
but without asking which buffer you want to get rid of. The
kill-all-buffers command discards all user buffers.
Whenever Epsilon asks you for a buffer name, it can do completion on
buffer names, and will list matches in a pop-up window
if you press "?".
Another way to switch buffers is to press Ctrl-<Tab>. This
command switches to the buffer you last used. If you press <Tab>
again while still holding down Ctrl, you can switch to still older
buffers. Hold down Shift as well as Ctrl to move in the reverse
order. You can press Ctrl-G to abort and return to the original
You can also change to another buffer using the next-buffer and
previous-buffer commands. They select the next (or previous)
buffer and connect it to the current window. You can cycle through
all the buffers by repeating these commands. You can type F12 and
F11, respectively, to run these commands. If your keyboard doesn't
have these keys, you can also type Ctrl-X
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