Here are the commands for placing point and the mark around a textual object such as a word, list, paragraph or page.
mark-word). This command and the following one do not move point.
mark-word) puts the mark at the end of the next word,
while C-M-@ (
mark-sexp) puts it at the end of the next Lisp
expression. These commands handle arguments just like M-f and
Other commands set both point and mark, to delimit an object in the
buffer. For example, M-h (
mark-paragraph) moves point to
the beginning of the paragraph that surrounds or follows point, and puts
the mark at the end of that paragraph (see section Paragraphs). It prepares
the region so you can indent, case-convert, or kill a whole paragraph.
mark-defun) similarly puts point before and the
mark after the current or following defun (see section Defuns). C-x
mark-page) puts point before the current page, and mark at
the end (see section Pages). The mark goes after the terminating page
delimiter (to include it), while point goes after the preceding page
delimiter (to exclude it). A numeric argument specifies a later page
(if positive) or an earlier page (if negative) instead of the current
Finally, C-x h (
mark-whole-buffer) sets up the entire
buffer as the region, by putting point at the beginning and the mark at
In Transient Mark mode, all of these commands activate the mark.