The GNU Emacs FAQ

This is the GNU Emacs FAQ.

This FAQ is maintained as a part of GNU Emacs. If you find any errors, or have any suggestions, please use M-x report-emacs-bug to report them.

This is the version of the FAQ distributed with Emacs 25.2, and mainly describes that version. Although there is some information on older versions, details about very old releases (now only of historical interest) have been removed. If you are interested in this, consult either the version of the FAQ distributed with older versions of Emacs, or the history of this document in the Emacs source repository.

Since Emacs releases are very stable, we recommend always running the latest release.

This FAQ is not updated very frequently. When you have a question about Emacs, the Emacs manual is often the best starting point.

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Common requests
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Copyright © 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Reuven M. Lerner
Copyright © 1992, 1993 Steven Byrnes
Copyright © 1990, 1991, 1992 Joseph Brian Wells

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[This version has been heavily edited since it was included in the Emacs distribution.]