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Copying Lines, not killing

May 18th, 2009 by Greg Reagle · 168 Comments

Do you find yourself often running a yank or undo immediately after killing lines? Would you like to copy a line instead of killing it? Do you wish that there was a prefix argument to C-k (kill-line) that made it copy instead of cut (to use the non-Emacs terminology). Here is your solution—a command that […]

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Emacs in 5 minutes

December 5th, 2008 by Ryan McGeary · 193 Comments

In preparation for a new upcoming PeepCode screencast, Geoffrey Grosenbach put together a quick 5 minute Emacs introduction. It’s a good summary of some Emacs niceties. Geoffrey also wrote up some of his other initial Emacs impressions.

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Emacs Starter Kit

December 5th, 2008 by Ryan McGeary · 99 Comments

Phil Hagelberg recently started a new project called Emacs Starter Kit. Here’s how Phil describes it: It’s … a set of dotfiles extracted from my years of obsessive Emacs tweaking. It acts as a base config from which new users can get going with minimal fuss. You won’t learn Emacs from it, but it will […]

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Quick Tip: Spaces instead of Tabs

September 30th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 105 Comments

Tab characters used as indentation of source code is a pet peeve of mine. Add this to your emacs initialization to make sure all indentation uses spaces instead. ;; I hate tabs! (setq-default indent-tabs-mode nil) Now, if you also use tab completion everywhere, someday, you’ll want to actually insert a real <tab> character (ASCII 9), […]

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Newbie Tip: Visual Emacs Keybinding Cheatsheet

August 27th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 162 Comments

For a newcomer to emacs, learning the default set of keybindings can be daunting. There’s no substitute for C-h b (describe-bindings) and C-h k (describe-key), but sometimes it’s just easier to learn visually.

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Quick Tip: show-paren-mode

August 7th, 2007 by Rob Christie · 115 Comments

When show-paren-mode is enabled a matching parenthesis is highlighted based on the location of point (i.e., when your cursor is on a parenthesis). You can tweak the behaviour of this minor mode by adjusting show-paren-style and the show-paren-delay. There are three styles to choose from: parenthesis – shows the matching paren expression – shows the […]

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Package Faves: psvn

May 17th, 2007 by Rob Christie · 116 Comments

If you interact with a Subversion version controlled repository and you use emacs, then you are probably already using this package. However, I use this package every day, and if someone was just starting to use emacs, this would be on my short list of packages that must be installed. psvn mode is similar to […]

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IBM Emacs Tutorial, Part I

April 2nd, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 107 Comments

Michael Stutz recently wrote Part I of a new new series at IBM called Emacs editing environment. The first is Learn the basics of Emacs. This first tutorial is definitely geared toward the emacs newcomer. There is a lot of overlap with the built-in emacs tutorial (C-h t), but different mediums are good for teaching […]

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Newbie Tip: isearch Word Yank

March 26th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 124 Comments

Our newbie tips are our way of expressing emacs features we might otherwise take for granted. We hope they help beginners climb the learning curve faster. This particular tip is one that I wish I knew far sooner when I first started using emacs. Incremental searching with isearch-forward and isearch-backward (C-s and C-r) is crucial […]

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Newbie Tip: transient-mark-mode

February 20th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 152 Comments

Setting a mark (C-SPC) is probably the most frequent command I use besides basic navigation. The mark not only acts as a saved jump-to point, but it also sets the region. A region is what other editors might call a selection. By default, emacs does not highlight the active region, so it requires a bit […]

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