Emacs: Ido Mode

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

ido-mode enhances emacs switch buffer command and opening file command. It automatically show list of choices as you type (no need to press Tab first).

Alt+x ido-mode
Toggle it on/off. ido-mode enhances emacs switch buffer command and opening file command.
Alt+x ido-switch-bufferCtrl+x b
Switch buffer.
Alt+x ido-find-fileCtrl+x Ctrl+f
Open file.
emacs ido mode 2021-07-20
Emacs ido-switch-buffer.

Ido Keys

When ido-switch-buffer is called, it will prompt for a choice of buffer name.

Here's the most useful ido keys when in the prompt:

Select the next choice.
Select the previous choice.
Go to the buffer you switched to last time. for next.
Enter
Use the first choice.
Ctrl+f
Stop suggestion. Useful for creating new file. Ctrl+b to go back to buffer selection mode.
Ctrl+d
Switch to open directory mode.
Ctrl+g
Cancel.

Ido Mode Setup

Emacs: Ido Mode Setup

History of Ido Mode

ido is written by Kim F Storm. Ido started in 1996. Kim is also author of cua-mode. (cua started in 1997) Kim's home page is http://www.cua.dk/index.html

Ido became part of emacs 22 (released in 2007).

ido is based on iswitchb-mode by Stephen Eglen. iswitchb started in 1996. Stephen's home page is http://sje30.github.io/ . Stephen's emacs page http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/sje30/emacs/

Emacs Manage Buffers

If you have a question, put $5 at patreon and message me on xah discord.
Or support me by Buy Xah Emacs Tutorial

Emacs Tutorial

Emacs Init

Emacs Keys

ELisp

ELisp Examples

ELisp Write Major Mode


Emacs Tutorial

Quick Start

Manage Windows

File

Buffer

Find Replace

Copy/Paste

Unicode

Whitespace

Rectangle Edit

Line Wrap

Shell

View Special File

Working with Brackets

Org Mode

HTML

Emacs Efficiency

Misc