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Is it possible to open more than one info buffer in Emacs? I used C-h i to open info and started reading the section I was interested in. While reading, I wanted to refer to another info section -- using C-h i a second time does not open a second info buffer. How can this be done?

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Help for the info command says (get help with F1 f info):

A numeric prefix argument selects an Info buffer with the prefix
number appended to the Info buffer name.

So, open a first info window as usual, then open another info window by typing (for example):

M-2 M-x info

Now you have 2 independent info windows, the second one called *info*<2>.

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Thanks. I looked at the help for info before posting the question, but the help included with my version of Emacs did not explain it as well as what you posted above, so now I understand how to use it. – SabreWolfy Dec 7 '12 at 19:25

Split the window using C-X-2, to split horizontally or C-X-3 to split vertically. that way you can have two panes showing the same buffer. You can get back to a single pane using C-X-1.

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I tried that before posting my question. When I move to the second buffer (C-x o) and then navigate elsewhere in info (by pressing ^ for example), both buffers change. Your solution simply shows the same info section in two buffers. I would like to be able to view another info section in the second info buffer. – SabreWolfy Dec 7 '12 at 16:31
Ah, I see. Yes, if you navigate using the links both buffers will change. I thought you wanted to look at different parts of the same page. – terdon Dec 7 '12 at 16:33

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