(lemacs.info)Editing Abbrevs

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Examining and Editing Abbrevs

`M-x list-abbrevs'
     Print a list of all abbrev definitions.

`M-x edit-abbrevs'
     Edit a list of abbrevs; you can add, alter, or remove definitions.

   The output from `M-x list-abbrevs' looks like this:

     "dk"	       0    "define-key"
     "dfn"	       0    "definition"

(Some blank lines of no semantic significance, and some other abbrev
tables, have been omitted.)

   A line containing a name in parentheses is the header for abbrevs in
a particular abbrev table; `global-abbrev-table' contains all the global
abbrevs, and the other abbrev tables that are named after major modes
contain the mode-specific abbrevs.

   Within each abbrev table, each non-blank line defines one abbrev.
The word at the beginning is the abbrev.  The number that appears is
the number of times the abbrev has been expanded.  Emacs keeps track of
this to help you see which abbrevs you actually use, in case you want
to eliminate those that you don't use often.  The string at the end of
the line is the expansion.

   `M-x edit-abbrevs' allows you to add, change or kill abbrev
definitions by editing a list of them in an Emacs buffer.  The list has
the format described above.  The buffer of abbrevs is called
`*Abbrevs*', and is in Edit-Abbrevs mode.  This mode redefines the key
`C-c C-c' to install the abbrev definitions as specified in the buffer.
The  `edit-abbrevs-redefine' command does this.  Any abbrevs not
described in the buffer are eliminated when this is done.

   `edit-abbrevs' is actually the same as `list-abbrevs', except that
it selects the buffer `*Abbrevs*' whereas `list-abbrevs' merely
displays it in another window.

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