Imenu

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Imenu
Maintainer name of maintainer
Part of Emacs yes

Imenu produces menus for accessing locations in documents, typically in the current buffer. You can access the locations using an ordinary menu (menu bar or other) or using minibuffer completion. A typical use of Imenu shows a menu-bar menu that is an index or table of contents for the current buffer. For a source-code buffer it is typical to index definitions of functions, variables, and so on.

You can use Imenu with any major mode and any programming language or document type. If there is no Imenu support for your context, you can add it using EmacsLisp and the constructs provided in library 'imenu.el'.

Library imenu+.el (Imenu+) extends standard library imenu.el.

Customisation[edit]

Using ido[edit]

Using ido in conjunction with imenu makes it very easy and quick to use. Add the following function into your ~/.emacs :

(defun ido-goto-symbol (&optional symbol-list)
      "Refresh imenu and jump to a place in the buffer using Ido."
      (interactive)
      (unless (featurep 'imenu)
        (require 'imenu nil t))
      (cond
       ((not symbol-list)
        (let ((ido-mode ido-mode)
              (ido-enable-flex-matching
               (if (boundp 'ido-enable-flex-matching)
                   ido-enable-flex-matching t))
              name-and-pos symbol-names position)
          (unless ido-mode
            (ido-mode 1)
            (setq ido-enable-flex-matching t))
          (while (progn
                   (imenu--cleanup)
                   (setq imenu--index-alist nil)
                   (ido-goto-symbol (imenu--make-index-alist))
                   (setq selected-symbol
                         (ido-completing-read "Symbol? " symbol-names))
                   (string= (car imenu--rescan-item) selected-symbol)))
          (unless (and (boundp 'mark-active) mark-active)
            (push-mark nil t nil))
          (setq position (cdr (assoc selected-symbol name-and-pos)))
          (cond
           ((overlayp position)
            (goto-char (overlay-start position)))
           (t
            (goto-char position)))))
       ((listp symbol-list)
        (dolist (symbol symbol-list)
          (let (name position)
            (cond
             ((and (listp symbol) (imenu--subalist-p symbol))
              (ido-goto-symbol symbol))
             ((listp symbol)
              (setq name (car symbol))
              (setq position (cdr symbol)))
             ((stringp symbol)
              (setq name symbol)
              (setq position
                    (get-text-property 1 'org-imenu-marker symbol))))
            (unless (or (null position) (null name)
                        (string= (car imenu--rescan-item) name))
              (add-to-list 'symbol-names name)
              (add-to-list 'name-and-pos (cons name position))))))))    
 
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c i") 'ido-goto-symbol) ; or any key you see fit

Now, M-x eval-current-buffer, hit C-c i and enjoy quick navigation through your code.

External links[edit]

http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/ImenuMode the page on emacswiki.

See also ace-jump, for quick and direct cursor movement on current view. http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/AceJump