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First steps

Open from the terminal with emacs & or in your desktop menu. emacs --no-window-system or emacs -nw starts without the GUI, just in the terminal. If you want emacs to always start in the terminal, you can either install the emacs-nox package or just create a simple shell-alias.

General Interface stuff

Emacs is not a modal editor like VIM.

To Yank means to paste, like in VIM. Kill usually means to cut or copy.

C-x means to press Ctrl+x. M-x means to press Alt+x. The meta-key (M) is Alt by default, you can of course change it though. As a general guideline: the meta-version of a command is often a somewhat stronger version of C-. E.g. C-w is cut, M-w is copy.

Command Keycombination
Undo C-/
Redo C-g, C-/
Save C-x, C-s
Quit C-x, C-c
Word forward C-Right oder M-f
Word back C-Left oder M-b
Document beginning C-Home oder M-<
Document end C-End oder M->
Character forward C-f
Character back C-b
Page down C-v, PgDown
Page up M-v, PgUp
Delete right word M-d
Delete left word M-Backspace
Delete line C-k
Select text C-Space
Copy M-w
Cut C-w
Insert C-y
Abort Command/Sequence C-g

To select text, put the cursor on the beginning of the select-area, press C-Space, then go to the end of the select-area and perform your manipulation (e.g. copy),

Window Splits

Command Keycombination
horizontal split C-x, 2
vertical split C-x, 3
next window C-x, o
delete other windows C-x, 1
delete this window C-x, 0

Input Methods

If your native tongue is German (or something similiar, it's not the only postfix language) but you usually use an English keyboard, it might be a good idea to automatically convert ae to ä and AE to Ä without changing the keyboard layout for every letter. To do this just press C-u C-\ and type german-postfix. After doing this you can switch between the layouts with C-\.


The init-file is located in ~/.emacs (~/.mg for mg). You can immediately load changes in the file in an opened emacs session with M-x load-file.

Some examples:

;; ========ENCODING========
;; UTF-8 as default encoding
(set-language-environment "UTF-8")
(set-default-coding-systems 'utf-8)

;; ========STYLE==========
;; load theme misterioso
;; (load-theme 'misterioso)
;; moe-theme
	(add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path "~/.emacs.d/themes/")
	(load-theme 'moe-dark t)
;; set background color independent from theme
;;(setq initial-frame-alist
;;	'((width . 92)
;;	(height . 54)
;;	(background-color . "honeydew")))
;;(setq default-frame-alist
;;	'((menu-bar-lines . 1)
;;	(tool-bar-lines . 0)
;;	(width . 92)
;;	(height . 52)
;;	(background-color . "honeydew")))

;; default font and size
;; M-x (print (font-family-list)) to show fonts
;;(when (member "DejaVu Sans Mono" (font-family-list))
;;	(set-face-attribute 'default nil :font "DejaVu Sans Mono-10"))
;; show line numbers
(global-display-line-numbers-mode 1)
;; turn on highlighting of current line for all files
;; toggle on/off with M-x for current buffer
(global-hl-line-mode 1)
;; turn on bracket match highlight
(show-paren-mode 1)
;; set line spacing
;;(setq line-spacing 0.5)
;; stop cursor blinking
(blink-cursor-mode 0)

;; ======KEYBINDINGS=====
;; swapping Ctrl & Alt from within Emacs is not possible,
;; you have to do it from the OS and independently for each OS

;; =======EDITING========
;; auto insert closing bracket
(electric-pair-mode 1)
;; stop cursor between CamelCase words
(global-subword-mode 1)
;; disable automatic backup~ files
(setq make-backup-files nil)
;; disable #auto-save# files
;; (setq auto-save-default nil)
;; refresh file automatically if it changes
;;(global-auto-revert-mode 1)
;; keep list of recently opened files
;; to use press M-x recentf-open-files, then just press digit key
(require 'recentf)
(recentf-mode 1)
(setq recentf-max-menu-items 25)
(global-set-key "\C-x\ \C-r" 'recentf-open-files)

;; remember cursor position - return cursor to same position
;; if file is opened again
(if (version< emacs-version "25.0")
		(require 'saveplace)
		(setq-default save-place t))
	(save-place-mode 1))

Default Keybindings

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People sometimes ask me if it is a sin in the Church of Emacs to use vi. Using a free version of vi is not a sin; it is a penance. So happy hacking. -- Richard Stallman


Command Keycombination Remember
Character forward C-f forward
Word forward M-f oder C-Right forward
Character backward C-b back
Word backward M-b oder C-Left back
Page down C-v, PgDown Arrow down
Page up M-v, PgUp  
Document beginning C-Home Stronger Home
Document end C-End Stronger End
Cursorpos. becomes screencenter C-l  
Line down C-n next line
Line up C-p previous line
Statement end M-e end
Line end C-e end
Statement start M-a Anfang (German for start)
Line start C-a Anfang
Command Keycombination Remember
recently opened files M-x recentf-open-files  
  C-x C-r if set in .emacs
File open C-x C-f find file
File save C-x C-s save
File save as C-x C-w write
Open menu [F10] also in -nw mode!
Command Keycombination Remember
Buffer list C-x C-b buffer
Buffer choose C-x b buffer
Buffer close C-x k kill
Command Keycombination Remember
Shell open M-x shell  



Command Keycombination Remember
Undo C-/  
Redo C-g, C-/ Abort command: undo
Cut C-w wipe
Copy M-w stronger C-w
Paste C-y yank


Command Keycombination Remember
Character delete C-d delete char
Word delete right M-d delete word
Word delete left M-Backspace  
Line delete C-k kill line
Sentence delete M-k kill sentence


Command Keycombination Remember
Word search C-s search
next occurence C-s again  
prev. occurence C-r redo search
Search end C-g abort command
Replace all M-x replace-string replaces all
Replace some M-% asks every time if you want to replace


Not finished yet.


trailing whitespace: whitespace/spaces after the last non-whitespace character in a line

Delete trailing whitespace with M-x delete-trailing-whitespace for the whole buffer.


Install the package AucTeX with your package manager and activate it by adding

;; ========LATEX=========
;; output pdf files
(setq TeX-PDF-mode t)
;; various options
(setq TeX-auto-save t)
(setq TeX-parse-self t)
(setq-default TeX-master nil)
(TeX-insert-braces 1)
;; visual line mode
(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'visual-line-mode)
;; on-the-fly spell checking
;; (add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'flyspell-mode)
;; math mode
(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'LaTeX-math-mode)

;; AUCTeX package
(load "auctex.el" nil t t)
(load "preview-latex.el" nil t t)
(require 'tex-site)

;; RefTeX package (integrated)
(require 'reftex)
(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'turn-on-reftex) 
(setq reftex-plug-into-AUCTeX t)
(setq reftex-external-file-finders
      '(("tex" . "kpsewhich -format=.tex %f")
        ("bib" . "kpsewhich -format=.bib %f")))

to your .emacs configuration.

You can conveniently insert environments like itemize, list, etc. with C-c C-e and then typing what kind of environment you want.


Open with C-x d.

Still working on it.

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Open with C-x org-mode. Still working on it.

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