I had been using a customized ctrl-a and ctrl-e (beginning-of-line and end-of-line) in my Emacs.
(defun smart-beginning-of-line ()
"Move point to first non-whitespace character or beginning-of-line.
If point was already at that position, move point to beginning of line."
(let ((oldpos (point)))
(and (= oldpos (point))
Those of you who are OS X users: are basic Emacs keybindings which out of the box bound in a similar way.
Org-mode has been my note taking, todo list, and everything for a while. But one thing has been that the keybindings haven’t quite been right. Instead of going to the logical beginning of a heading (the text)
Should go to the beginning of the T in Tasks, in Org-mode the cursor would jump to the systematic beginning of the line. Uhuh, that makes sense but it isn’t what my brain _really_ wants.
Thus the amaziness of org and having a setting for everything
Which smartly moves the cursor to where it should belong.
Thus the doctoring speaketh:
org-special-ctrl-a/e is a variable defined in `org.el'.
Its value is t
Original value was nil
Non-nil means `C-a' and `C-e' behave specially in headlines and items.
When t, `C-a' will bring back the cursor to the beginning of the
headline text, i.e. after the stars and after a possible TODO
keyword. In an item, this will be the position after bullet and
check-box, if any. When the cursor is already at that position,
another `C-a' will bring it to the beginning of the line.
`C-e' will jump to the end of the headline, ignoring the presence
of tags in the headline. A second `C-e' will then jump to the
true end of the line, after any tags. This also means that, when
this variable is non-nil, `C-e' also will never jump beyond the
end of the heading of a folded section, i.e. not after the
When set to the symbol `reversed', the first `C-a' or `C-e' works
normally, going to the true line boundary first. Only a directly
following, identical keypress will bring the cursor to the
This may also be a cons cell where the behavior for `C-a' and
`C-e' is set separately.
You can customize this variable.