Emacs and XEmacs

emacs filename Open the file filename for editing in emacs.

Note: The Meta key is Alt or Esc. Ctrl is abbreviated as C. So the keystrokes C-x C-c means hold down Ctrl while you first press the letter x, release x, and then while still holding Ctrl press the letter c (this command will exit Emacs).

Once within Emacs, some example commands:
C-h t View the interactive tutorial
C-x C-s Save the current buffer you are editing to disk
C-x u Undo

XEmacs is a program that works very similarly to Emacs but does have some differences. You are encouraged to evaluate both and decide which you prefer. XEmacs is available as the command xemacs.

Matt Disney 2005-09-14