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What options are there for writing better non-programming text in Emacs?

This is a fork from the question What options are there for doing spell-checking in Emacs? Because I'm currently doing a lot of non-programming tasks in Emacs I'm wondering whether Emacs can support ...
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Is there a simplified version control system appropriate for non-coders writing in Emacs?

I an academic and I love to do as much of my writing as possible in Emacs. A key thing that is missing for me is the ability to easily review the changes I have made to a text file over time. The ...
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Is it possible to export content of subtrees without their headings?

I draft documents in org-mode and export them to LaTeX, HTML, etc. as needed. I frequently use the tag :no_export: whenever I don't want a certain subtree to show up in the output. What I also want ...
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What options are there for doing spell-checking in emacs

Because I'm currently doing a lot of non-programming tasks in Emacs, spell-checking became one of my major concerns once again. I noticed that there is no question related to the options for spell-...
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Collapse sections in markdown

I use markdown-mode (in conjunction with writeroom-mode) for writing in Emacs. My markdown files generally gets quite large, and I would like to be able to focus on a particular section for extended ...
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Recognizing sentences that don't end in two spaces

I'm not going to weigh in on whether ending sentences with two spaces is the One True Way or an abomination. All I know is that I show no signs of establishing a consistent habit of hitting the ...
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How do I outline/hide/show text when writing prose?

I want to use Emacs to write prose (specifically, fiction). I have used Scrivener and Ulysses in the past but I am not happy with them. I want to try Emacs, but don't know how to replicate the ...
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Optimal settings for auto-complete for writing papers / prose in natural language?

As the question suggest, I am trying to set up the auto-complete package for writing papers. I have also installed ac-ispell. So far it seems more or less useless, mostly because it is way too slow. ...
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backword-sentence and forward-sentence are moving over paragraphs

I use markdown-mode to edit markdown, but it's missing one very useful feature. Whenever I press M-a (backward-sentence) or M-e (forward-sentence) it takes me to the start or end of the paragraph, ...
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Fullscreen emacs and narrow column of text

I edit markdown text in Emacs fullscreen. Naturally in fullscreen the text flows wider, from left edge of the display to the right, thereby necessitating more eye movements. I want to narrow down the ...
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How to find (and list) abbreviations in a buffer?

I am using Emacs to write a long thesis in LaTeX. I have no regrets, so far (about the Emacs/LaTeX combination, that is). One of the last things I need to do before I can submit the darn thing is to ...
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External links to figures in org-mode

I would like to be able to link specific figures from other documents. Basically the function of the xr package in LaTeX where it doesn't necessarily give you an actual link that will take you outside ...
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Emacs Ispell to list all spelling errors at once

I am using emacs ispell to look for spelling mistakes. It works well in interactive mode, but I was wondering if I can see all the words with spelling issues highlighted in the buffer itself or ...
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Fullscreen with no titlebar and no menubar in MS-Windows

Is there a way to easily switch to no-distractions writing environment in Emacs for MS-Windows? I would prefer to have Emacs started without window titlebar and without menubar and have that without ...
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How to use an ispell dictionary in company mode?

I am writing in LaTeX at the moment and I want to use company-mode for word completion. I found this solution: https://emacs.stackexchange.com/a/18522. I was thinking about using the ispell ...
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Change the writing permissions of emacs

I am currently trying to install spacemacs on my Arch Linux. I am following the standard installation instructions that have been put up here. Now after cloning the .emacs.d from the spacemacs ...