Learn Conkeror by using Conkeror ;)
The first time you open Conkeror, it will show you the tutorial. It is the basic thing you need to know to use Conkeror. Moreover, in Conkeror, you can even view all the lists of functions, key bindings, what this key combination do,… So if you get stuck, just open them. Here I will show you how.
The RC file
Understanding the terms and notation
The first thing you need to know is the key notation. Conkeror is built based on emacs style so it uses modifier keys nearly all the time. There are some basic modifier keys in Conkeror, they are:
- Control (C-)
- Shift (S-)
- Alt (A-)
- Meta (M-)
Control and Shift key are popular to you. The special is the Alt key and Meta key. On OSX, the command key is the Meta key, the option key is the Alt key. In other OS, usually, the alt key on your keyboard is considered as Meta key, the windows key on your keyboard is consider as Alt key.
Note: on OSX, the option+key produces a dead key, which means you cannot use it as a modifier key in conkeror. To fix it, download this file USExtendedNoDeadKey.keylayout from this link or this link and put it into ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts/. Log out and log in back. Open System Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources, select the layout US (NDK). After that, put this into your conkerorrc file
Now you understand the modifier notation in conkeror. If a key binding is “C-n”, it means “Ctrl + n”, “C-h t” means “Ctrl + h and then t”, “C-x C-f” means “Ctrl + x and Ctrl + f”.
Some useful key bindings
C-g : abort the what is currently running (page loading, command, key sequence) C-h t : show the conkeror tutorial C-h k : discribe what a key binding does C-h f : discribe function C-h b : show all key bindings