If you made some mistake and need to start emacs without loading your init file, you can start emacs from terminal like this: emacs -q. See Keys in The GNU Emacs Manual. In emacs documenation, the Meta key's notation is M-. Symbolics's lisp machine keyboard PN 365407 Rev C. (Photo by Joey Devilla.Used with permission.) Emacs Key Layout Diagram. Number Pad Keys â Very useful, but depending on which emacs distro/OS you are using, or if you use emacs in terminal or GUI, binding these keys may not work. The META key is defined in GNU Emacs, SE always called it "Alt" although that's a different key on my keyboard. generate ASCII code 127. How to Configure Terminal to Use Option as Meta Key? So far as I can tell, the environments on all 4 machines are the same, but I don't understand all this locale stuff, nor the new mule support in emacs. ), If you have a question, put $5 at patreon and message me. Not all X terminals actually provide keys for these modifier flags--in fact, many terminals have a key labeled ALT which is really a META key. For example, if you want F9 for whitespace-mode, then, place this code (global-set-key (kbd "