Table of the keys you'll use all the time. Do "C-h k" (as in Ctrl-Help, Key binding) to get the description of each key.
key seq'ce function name what it does ----------- ----------------------- ----------------------------- C-g keyboard-quit "stop everything, I'm confused", Hit (twice for good mesure) before you try any of the folowing. C-x C-c save-buffers-kill-emacs leave the program C-x C-f find-file open C-x C-s save-buffer save C-x C-w write-file save as C-x k kill-buffer close file C-x b switch-to-buffer select another open file C-a begining-of-line C-e end-of-line C-Space set-mark-command mark the start of the selection C-w kill-region cut the text between the cursor and the mark to the clipboard M-w kill-ring-save copy C-y yank paste C-x C-x exchange-point-and-mark flip the mark and the cursor Other useful stuff C-x 1 delete-other-windows one window C-x 2 split-window-verticaly C-x 0 delete-window close the view, but not the file C-x o other-window (Or if you prefer to use real X windows:) C-x 5 2 make-frame-command (Emacs calls panels "windows" and windows "frames". Go figure.) C-x 5 0 delete-frame close the X-window but not the file C-h a apropos-command search for a function by name and description M-x execute-function run a command by name, cf. the second column of this table C-h f describe-function C-h k describe-key tells you which function is run by a key C-h m describe-mode discus the special key bindings that were set for editing the current file C-h i info the Gnu online manual. In particular, typing C-h i m e m a c s RET gives you the whole damned emacs manual. <none yet> global-set-key remap keys as you wish