To put the Conkeror launcher in one of your regular executable directories so that you can start Conkeror from a command prompt or application launcher, create a symbolic link from the conkeror/contrib/run-conkeror file to one of your usual executable directories.
You must perform an extra step to make the Conkeror launcher work. First, copy the xulrunner-stub file from the XULRunner directory into the Conkeror directory. Then, create a symbolic link from that file to one of your usual executable directories.
Return to the basic list of keybindings on the start page by pressing, C-h i. In Conkeror and Emacs, C- stands for, “hold Ctrl and press the next key”. For example, C-h i stands for “hold Ctrl, press h, release Ctrl and h, and press i”. Conkeror uses other Emacs keybinding abbreviations also: M- means hold the Meta key (the Alt key on PC keyboards and the Option key on Macintosh keyboards); S- means hold the Shift key. For a complete list of Conkeror keybindings, press C-h b.
Although you can follow links by clicking them, you should learn to follow them using the keyboard to get the most out of Conkeror. To follow a link with the keyboard, press f. Conkeror places a small number next to each link (Figure 2), including link images. Enter a number to follow its link or type letters from the name of the link you want. As you type letters, Conkeror removes the numbers from links that don't match those letters and renumbers the remaining links. Even on a slow computer, this happens instantly. If only one link matches the letters you entered, Conkeror automatically follows it.
As in Firefox, you can start a search within Conkeror. Press g, type “google”, type your search term, and press Return to go to the Google result for your search term. Replace “google” with “lucky” to go straight to the first Google result, or replace it with any of the following words to use another search engine: “wikipedia” “sourceforge” or “dictionary”. When you search Google, Conkeror asks Google to guess what you're searching for and displays the best matching results in a list. Press Tab to select the top result, use the keyboard arrow keys to select an alternative result, or simply finish typing your search terms and press Enter. This also works for Wikipedia searches.
Return to the previous buffer by pressing M-p (Alt-p on PCs and Option-p on Macs); advance to the next buffer by pressing M-n. Press C-x b to display a list of open buffers (Figure 3). Each buffer in the list has a name—its URL plus its title. Select a buffer name from the list using the keyboard arrow keys or narrow the list by typing part of a buffer's name. Press Enter at any time to show the selected buffer.
Bookmarking a URL in Conkeror lets you return to it using Tab completion when you change URLs. Press b to bookmark the current URL, choose a name for the bookmark (Conkeror fills in the page title by default), and press Enter. Press g to go to a new URL, type in a few letters from either the bookmark title or the bookmark URL, and press Tab. Conkeror shows you a list of bookmarks that match the letters you typed; use the keyboard arrow keys to select a bookmark and press Enter to go to it.
Sometimes when you try bookmarking a page, Conkeror asks you to choose a frame. It places a number next to each frame on the page and lets you choose a frame by entering its number. If you want to bookmark the URL containing all the frames, enter the number 0.
Access all of Conkeror's commands—even those that aren't bound to a keybinding—by pressing M-x, typing the command name and pressing Enter. Press Tab to complete any command name; for example, press M-x, type print, and press Tab to make Conkeror select the print-buffer command. If you press M-x and Tab without typing anything, Conkeror lists all of its commands. I suggest you review this list to get an idea of everything Conkeror can do.
When you visit a site that has a mode, for example Google Maps, Conkeror loads that site's mode. When you leave the site, Conkeror automatically unloads the mode. You can try using modes on other sites by loading the mode's command through the M-x menu. For example: M-x xkcd-mode. However, most modes don't make sense on alternative sites.
Just below the Set RC File button, Conkeror lists several example directives for you to put in your configuration file. For instance, one line tells Conkeror how to use a custom search engine when you press g. You also can add new commands and new keybindings to Conkeror. For more examples, follow the Conkeror Wiki link in the Resources section of this article.
The next section tells you how to use Firefox extensions in Conkeror, but some Firefox extensions don't want to work with a browser that isn't named Firefox. Most Firefox extensions work in Conkeror if you tell the extension you're really using Firefox. I suggest you put the following line in your configuration file to make Conkeror ignore compatibility problems:
Replace my_editor above with the name of the editor you want to use—for example, for the graphical VIM editor, gvim; the GNOME editor, gedit; or the KDE editor, kate. If you want to use a console editor, prefix the environmental variable's value with the name of a terminal emulator—for example:
However, if you use external editors in other programs, you may not want to do everything in a graphical editor. To make Conkeror alone start a specific editor, add the following line to your Conkeror RC file and don't set the $EDITOR variable:
After all that configuration, using the external editor should seem simple. Use the Tab key or the mouse to place the input cursor in a text box and press C-i. You can edit small boxes—for example, a box for your name—or large boxes—for example, the edit box in a Wikipedia article. Conkeror grays out the text box while you edit. When you finish editing by closing your text editor, Conkeror restores the original background color.
Similar to Emacs' help, Conkeror's help can describe its own commands. The C-h f keybinding describes commands, and the C-h k keybinding describes keybindings. For example, to find out what the print-buffer command does, type C-h f and print-buffer. Conkeror will tell you that, “print-buffer is an interactive command in commands.js [to] print the currently loaded page.” Similarly, press C-h k and f, and Conkeror tells you “f is bound to the command follow in bindings/default/content-buffer/element.js.”
For complex problems, Conkeror can help you search its wiki. Press g, and type conkerorwiki, and enter your search terms. Conkeror searches its wiki, which includes troubleshooting information and lots of ways to get the most out of Conkeror. Of course, you always can go directly to the Conkeror wiki using the link in Resources.