Delete last character (
||Kill last word (|
||Kill to beginning of sentence (|
DEL character (
delete-backward-char) is the most
important correction command. It deletes the character before point.
DEL follows a self-inserting character command, you can think
of it as canceling that command. However, avoid the mistake of thinking
DEL as a general way to cancel a command!
When your mistake is longer than a couple of characters, it might be
more convenient to use M-
DEL or C-x
DEL kills back to the start of the last word, and C-x
DEL kills back to the start of the last sentence. C-x
DEL is particularly useful when you change your mind about the
phrasing of the text you are writing. M-
DEL and C-x
DEL save the killed text for C-y and M-y to
retrieve. See Yanking.
DEL is often useful even when you have typed only a few
characters wrong, if you know you are confused in your typing and aren't
sure exactly what you typed. At such a time, you cannot correct with
DEL except by looking at the screen to see what you did. Often it
requires less thought to kill the whole word and start again.