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9. Advanced Word Hacks > 80. Emulate Emacs with VBacs

Emulate Emacs with VBacs

You’ve already learned all those Emacs commands, so you might as well use them. This set of freeware macros replicates many common Emacs keyboard shortcuts within Word.

Emacs, a text editor usually associated with the Unix operating system (though it’s available on most any platform), is in most ways the polar opposite of Word. No one just sits down with Emacs, expecting to hunt around a few menus to find the commands they need. While you can learn simple commands quickly, true Emacs mastery is a lifelong love affair for hackers around the world.

Emacs was born at a time when a window still meant something you opened to let in fresh air. You had to use the keyboard to issue every command, and often they required complex key combinations, such as Ctrl-X, Ctrl-S (the command to save the current file).


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