I want to use the same basic keybindings for copy (
C-c), paste (
C-v), cut (
C-x), etc. that are supported in some other software.
How can I do that?
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As others commented,
cua-mode does this, which ships with Emacs. Just
M-x cua-mode RET to enable it, or put
(cua-mode 1) in your
.emacs.d/init.el to enable it at startup.
Unless it changed in 24.4, it will also enable using
DEL (usually backspace) to delete (without cutting) a selected region, simply starting to type to overwrite (without cutting) a selected region, and holding down Shift and navigating to select a region, just like all "normal" text editing software does. Possibly some of this functionality has been split up in 24.4; looking into the Emacs manual should tell you.
You also might want to check out ergoemacs mode, https://ergoemacs.github.io/. It remaps emacs keybindings to ones that make more sense to users acclimated to modern editing software, among many other changes.