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Numbered lists in Emacs

Imagine that you’re using Emacs and you have a list of items that you would like to convert into a numbered list.

We’re going from:





1. first

2. second

3. third

Obviously, there are many ways to achieve this, but one is to use the Emacs Keyboard Macro Counter.

  • Put the cursor one line ABOVE your list.
  • Start a macro: `F3`
  • Insert the counter value: `C-x C-k C-i`. A 0 will appear
  • Insert the DOT and a space: `.`
  • Move  the cursor to the next line
  • Stop the macro: `F4`
  • Select your list
  • `M-x apply-macro-to-region-lines`
  • You can delete the 0 you added on the top and enjoy🙂

About Roberto Aloi

Software Engineer and Erlanger. Author of www.tryerlang.org.


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