General menu and commands
SPC - global menu
, - major mode menu
|Evil (Vim) normal mode
|Evil (Vim) insert mode
|Name of Emacs command
Evil (vim-style) states
- normal - manipulating text
- insert - typing in new text
- visual - selecting regions of text
- motion - ?
- lisp - structural editing (smartparens)
- iedit - editing multiple occurrences in a buffer simultaneously
- Evilified - Emacs applications with Evil key bindings
- emacs - Emacs chorded key bindings, i.e.
C-x C-s, etc.
Spacemacs provides a global menu where you can access commands using a mnemonic, text based menu. Its the recommended starting point for those new to Spacemacs.
Access the global menu via
SPC in Evil Normal mode or via
M-m in all other modes
Major Mode -
Access features specific to the current major mode.
For example when you have a Clojure file or REPL buffer open you can access a Clojure specific menu using
M-RET in Emacs mode or
, in Vim normal mode.
Having a major mode specific menu removes the need to use
SPC m in Vim normal mode or
M-m in Emacs mode.
Evil (normal mode)λ︎
Vim arranges keybindings across multiple modes, reducing the number of key presses required to carry out commands normal mode specific short-cuts to access Spacemacs features
Every menu item and keybinding in Spacemacs is calling a function, collectively called commands.
Use commands with
SPC SPC in Vim normal mode or
M-x in any mode.
Use a command when there is no menu item or keybinding.
Classic Emacs Keybindingsλ︎
The keybindings used in Emacs (holy mode) are also available, many of which start with
C-x. If you are familiar with these then its fine to stick with them. However, if you have trouble learning or remembering them, then switch to the Spacemacs mnemonic alternatives.
SPC-u is the key binding for the Emacs universal argument,
C-u in Emacs, which is used before other key bindings to modify the function that is called.
SPC-u , m s in a Clojure file will start a REPL, but allow for editing of the command line that starts the REPL process