These commands find the documentation for any item at the current point (see ThingAtPoint).


Command ‘help-on-click/key’, in library Lisp:help+.el (see also HelpPlus) describes any key/menu sequence or any object clicked with the mouse. Bind it to, for instance, ‘C-h RET’. The object can be any part of an Emacs window or any name appearing in a buffer. You can do any of the following:


Describe function/variable or function call. Found here:

	;;; describe this point lisp only
	(defun describe-foo-at-point ()
          "Show the documentation of the Elisp function and variable near point.
	This checks in turn:
	-- for a function name where point is
	-- for a variable name where point is
	-- for a surrounding function call
	  (let (sym)
	    ;; sigh, function-at-point is too clever.  we want only the first half.
	    (cond ((setq sym (ignore-errors
                               (with-syntax-table emacs-lisp-mode-syntax-table
                                   (or (not (zerop (skip-syntax-backward "_w")))
                                       (eq (char-syntax (char-after (point))) ?w)
                                       (eq (char-syntax (char-after (point))) ?_)
                                       (forward-sexp -1))
                                   (skip-chars-forward "`'")
        	                   (let ((obj (read (current-buffer))))
                                     (and (symbolp obj) (fboundp obj) obj))))))
                   (describe-function sym))
                  ((setq sym (variable-at-point)) (describe-variable sym))
                  ;; now let it operate fully -- i.e. also check the
                  ;; surrounding sexp for a function call.
                  ((setq sym (function-at-point)) (describe-function sym)))))
Bind it to <F1> and friends
    (define-key emacs-lisp-mode-map [(f1)] 'describe-foo-at-point)
    (define-key emacs-lisp-mode-map [(control f1)] 'describe-function)
    (define-key emacs-lisp-mode-map [(shift f1)] 'describe-variable)

This is very similar to a replacement to `\M-.’ I’ve had in my config for awhile (on my homepage) – SeanO

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