[ESS] keystroke for help

Stephen Eglen S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk
Tue Sep 1 14:34:21 CEST 2009

baptiste auguie <baptiste.auguie at googlemail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> Yet again a silly question: how do you obtain help for a given function
> (selected, or simply where the cursor currently sits)? I could use C-c C-v
> but this requires me to type the word again.

If point (emacs' term for the cursor) is currently on a R function,
 e.g. apply, then when you do C-c C-v you should see in the echo area:

Help on (default apply):

so if you hit return, the default is used.

> Also, is there a way to open the help in a new window as opposed to
> masking the buffer I was working on?  I keep having to switch back to
> this one with the mouse and it's annoying (e.g. when I start the R
> process it covers the file i was working with).
See variable ess-help-own-frame if you want it in a separate frame.


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