(lemacs.info)Rmail Editing

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Editing Within a Message

   Rmail mode provides a few special commands for moving within and
editing the current message.  In addition, the usual Emacs commands are
available (except for a few, such as `C-M-n' and `C-M-h', that are
redefined by Rmail for other purposes).  However, the Rmail buffer is
normally read-only, and to alter it you must use the Rmail command `w'
described below.

     Toggle display of original headers (`rmail-toggle-headers').

     Edit current message (`rmail-edit-current-message').

   Rmail reformats the header of each message before displaying it.
Normally this involves deleting most header fields, on the grounds that
they are not interesting.  The variable `rmail-ignored-headers' should
contain a regexp that matches the header fields to discard in this way.
The original headers are saved permanently; to see what they look
like, use the `t' (`rmail-toggle-headers') command.  This discards the
reformatted headers of the current message and displays it with the
original headers.  Repeating `t' reformats the message again.
Selecting the message again also reformats.

   The Rmail buffer is normally read-only, and most of the characters
you would type to modify it (including most letters) are redefined as
Rmail commands.  This is usually not a problem since people rarely want
to change the text of a message.  When you do want to do this, type `w'
(`rmail-edit-current-message'), which changes from Rmail mode to Rmail
Edit mode, another major mode which is nearly the same as Text mode.
The mode line indicates this change.

   In Rmail Edit mode, letters insert themselves as usual and the Rmail
commands are not available.  When you are finished editing the message
and are ready to go back to Rmail, type `C-c C-c', which switches back
to Rmail mode.  To return to Rmail mode but cancel all the editing you
have done, type `C-c C-]'.

   Entering Rmail Edit mode calls the value of the variable
`text-mode-hook' with no arguments, if that value exists and is not
`nil'.  It then does the same with the variable `rmail-edit-mode-hook'
and finally adds the attribute `edited' to the message.

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