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© Harley Hahn 2016

Harley Hahn, Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide, 10.1007/978-1-4842-1703-0_7

7. The Text Editing Work Environment

Harley Hahn

(1)Santa Barbara, California, USA

7.1 Section 7.1: How to Practice Using Emacs

In order to practice with Emacs , you need to start the program and (optionally) have some text to edit. Let me show you an easy way to do that. You can do this whenever you want to practice.

Start Emacs by using one of the commands below. The -Q option suppresses the splash screen (see Section 5.1) and, if you are using a terminal window, the -nw option runs Emacs in a text-based format (see Section 5.2).

emacs -Q                emacs -Q -nw                

When Emacs starts, you will see one window displaying a buffer named *scratch*. The buffer will contain several ...

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