I'm looking for a good way to edit text within Emacs. Can someone give some good recommendations for text-editors for Emacs.
Great question. Perhaps some of these standard facilities will prove agreeable to you:
edt.el --- enhanced EDT keypad mode emulation for GNU Emacs
edt-emulation-onstarts emulating DEC's EDT editor. Do
edt-emulation-offto return Emacs to normal.
tpu-edt.el --- Emacs emulating TPU emulating EDT
viper-modestarts emulating vi.
- vi.el --- major mode for emulating "vi" editor under GNU Emacs
- vip.el --- a VI Package for GNU Emacs
- viper.el --- A full-featured Vi emulator for Emacs and XEmacs
crisp.el --- CRiSP/Brief Emacs emulator
crisp-modeenables an emulation for the CRiSP editor.
ws-mode.el --- WordStar emulation mode for GNU Emacs
No longer available by default:
set-gosmacs-bindingsemulates Gosling Emacs.
This command changes many global bindings to resemble those of Gosling Emacs. The previous bindings are saved and can be restored using
Emacs is a text editor, underneath all those layers of extra functionality 😆 Just use Ctrl+X then Ctrl+F to open a file (or create a new one), or use “Find New File…” or “Open File…” from the “File” menu up top. To save, use Ctrl+X Ctrl+S. For more, I highly recommend Xah Lee’s Emacs tutorials—they have all the tips you need to get you started. Have fun!
Emacs is a text editor and it is fairly customizable. Perhaps the most used customization is
cua-mode, so you get the C-c as copy, C-v as paste, C-x as cut, key actions widely shared among other editors. (Also, very ergonomic!)
Put this in your
(cua-mode t) (setq cua-auto-tabify-rectangles nil) ;; Don't tabify after rectangle commands (transient-mark-mode 1) ;; No region when it is not highlighted (setq cua-keep-region-after-copy t) ;; Standard Windows behaviour
and restart emacs. You question is so general, I'm guessing that is 90% of what you want, although I could be wrong.