I just started using spacemacs, and I would like to achieve the following: press f then d, and this for example types the word "fraction". I know package key-chord does this, but I think this is not compatible with spacemacs because it key-chord uninstalls when spacemacs is started

  • Use abbrev-mode instead.
    – Dan
    Jan 11, 2017 at 0:45
  • I want to kind of hold down f and flick g.. not press f release f, press g release g..is there any package that achieves this?
    – georg
    Jan 11, 2017 at 0:49
  • github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs/issues/2292 suggests the combo can work.
    – phils
    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:55
  • not clear if you can use evil-escape to do anything but escape? I want to use chording for evoking macros
    – georg
    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:10

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You may not be installing it using Spacemacs conventions. You should add key-chord to dotspacemacs-additional-packages in dotspacemacs/layers. dotspacemacs-additional-packages may already be present in your .spacemacs file, but if not, add it like:

dotspacemacs-additional-packages '(key-chord)

Here's an example of a .spacemacs file that includes dotspacemacs-additional-packages.

You may need to restart Spacemacs after adding it, or SPC f e R (to reload configuration) may be sufficient. You can find additional documentation on the subject in this section of the documentation.

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