An implementation of Gnu Emacs for new users
Author: Peter Heslin
Platform: Linux, OS/X, Windows
License: Open Source
- All of the usual features of an editor: undo, redo, search and replace, intelligent indentation and wrapping.
- There are many convenient ways of entering non-ASCII text, including Unicode and various exotic encodings.
- Spell-checking as you type. This distinguishes between true misspellings and words which are used more than once in a file, and so are likely to be correct but unknown. You can correct misspellings with a single keystroke (F8).
- Most file-types define syntax-sensitive highlighting and folding (F7).
- Rectangular selection of text, which can be also used to insert the same text in many columns (Ctrl-Return).
- Visible, persistent bookmarks to mark particular lines in a file (Alt-F2).
- You can search for text in multiple files in a given folder or set of subfolders (Ctrl-Shtf-F9). The output displays a menu of the lines in the different files that match a your pattern, and you can jump from one to the next with a single keystroke (F10 or Alt-`).
- Auto-completion of words based on the content of other open files (F5), or on a dictionary (Shft-F8).
- Multiple cut and paste clipboards (just hit Ctrl-number before cutting, copying or pasting, and the commands will use the clipboard numbered 0-9 for that operation).
- History of clipboard contents: you can browse through the past contents of the clipboard and insert any one of the previous contents (Shft-Ctrl-V).
- Keyboard macros that let you record (Alt-Shft-F5) and play back (Alt-F5) a series of keystrokes, to ease repetitive tasks.
- You can look up the word at the cursor in dictionaries and thesauri with a single keystroke (Alt-F8).
- You can easily switch between open files via a menu (F9), or other quick shortcuts (Shft-F9, Ctrl-F9). There is also a menu of recently opened files (Alt-Shft-F1).
- There is a full command shell for manipulating files and running commands. (Alt-F9).
- html link at top of this page is wrong. Easymacs is now at http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/Easymacs and Sourceforge page for downloading is http://sourceforge.net/projects/easymacs/