I’ve decided to (blasphemously) look at Emacs, and figured the right place to start would be the tutorial (C-h t). First thing it gets you to do is scroll down (C-v). No problem!

Second thing it gets you to do is scroll up (M-v). So I try Alt-v for Meta-v. No dice, it inserts a unicode character into my terminal. Hmm, maybe Command-v? Nope, that promptly pastes the contents of my clipboard into my terminal.

Well…

What now?

Turns out you can head to the Terminal settings, and fix it so that Alt performs the Meta action.

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