Non functioning keyboard bindings cited in the Flight Manual


Atom ships with many of the basic Emacs keybindings for navigating a document. To go up and down a single character, you can use ctrl-P and ctrl-N. [Source]

This doesn’t work, ctrl-P toggles the file finder and ctrl-N opens a new file.

The next section on selections also contains bindings that do not work. For example, ctrl-shift-N is documented as selects down while it actually opens a new window.

Is the flight manual outdated or perhaps I am doing something wrong?

I am using v1.4.0, compiled from source code on a Linux machine.


This is a duplicate of this previous topic:

See that topic also for a link to the GitHub Issue where comprehensive solutions are discussed.

We like to unify similar discussions under one topic so that people don’t have to read a bunch of different threads to get the whole story. Please continue the discussion there. I’ll be closing this topic as duplicate.


I’m not exactly sure how are they duplicate ?
Does mac have both a ctrl and a cmd key ?


Yes, it does.

The underlying issue is that the Flight Manual doesn’t have support for customizing keybindings or menu item names to the OS of the reader, causing confusion like the author of this topic experienced.

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