Elisp: Text Editing Functions

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Here's the most used functions related to text editing.

Insert Text

;; insert string at current cursor position
(insert "sun and moon")

(info "(elisp) Text")

Delete Text

Delete n characters to the right. Argument can be negative, to delete to the left.
;; delete 9 chars starting at cursor pos
(delete-char 9)
Delete text btween 2 positions.
;; deleting text btween positions 59 and 896
(delete-region 59 896)
Delete all next in buffer, ignores narrow-to-region.
Delete between 2 positions and return the deleted text.
(delete-and-extract-region 3 20)

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