Chapter Introduction (Using mh-e)

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This chapter leaves the tutorial style and goes into more detail of every mh-e command. The default, or "out of the box," behavior is documented. If this is not to your liking (for instance, you print with something other than lpr), see the associated section in the Chapter Customizing mh-e which is organized exactly like this chapter.

There are many commands, but don't get intimidated. There are command summaries at the beginning of each section, and these are repeated in the mh-e Reference Guide. In case you have or would like to rebind the keys, the mh-e Reference Guide also lists the associated Emacs Lisp function. Furthermore, even if you're stranded on a desert island with a laptop and are without your MH book, you can get a summary of all commands with GNU Emacs online help: use C-h m (describe-mode). The online help is quite good; try running C-h C-h C-h. This brings up a list of available help topics, one of which displays the documentation for a given key (like C-h k C-n). Also, review the beginning of the Chapter Tour Through mh-e if any of the GNU Emacs conventions are strange to you.

Most of the mh-e commands use underlying MH commands to do the work. Rather than explain the details of what's going on here, I'll guide you to another section of the book that describes the action more fully. Let's get started!

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(This section was written by Bill Wohler.)
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