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GNU Emacs FAQ For Windows 95/98/ME/NT/XP and 2000
The latest version of Emacs is 21.2
This FAQ now takes advantage of all the
The latest version of GNU Emacs is v21.2, see
, for more details.
[Again some virus scanners are having problems with Emacs - claiming the distributed binaries contain a virus].
What is Emacs?
Which versions of Windows are supported?
MSDOS and Windows 3.11
2. Getting Emacs
Where can I get the source distribution?
Can I get the source via CVS?
Where can I get precompiled versions?
I don't want the precompiled version. How do I compile Emacs myself?
How do I use a debugger on Emacs?
What are the differences between Emacs 21.x, and 20.x
3. Installing Emacs
How do I unpack the distributions?
How do I install Emacs, after unpacking?
What do I do if Emacs does not work?
How do I customize Emacs?
What is a .emacs file?
Where do I put my .emacs, (or _emacs), file?
Sample .emacs Files
How can I have Emacs prompt me before closing?
How do I associate files with Emacs (i.e., use Emacs as a server with gnuserv/gnuclient)?
Controlling the use of frames
For use with Internet Explorer
For use with Netscape
PIF file for gnuserv
How do I use find-file to load files that are on the desktop?
How can I modify Windows to be more like the X Windows System?
How do I make the active window follow the mouse?
How do I swap CapsLock and Control?
How do I use the Windows key as a Alt?
How can I modify Emacs to be more like a Windows app?
Keypad keys, highlighting selections, etc.
Standard Windows application keymaps (C-c, C-v, C-x, etc.)
Window operations (maximize, minimize, etc.)
Open File dialog box
How do I uninstall Emacs?
When I run Emacs, nothing happens. What's the deal?
I just upgraded the operating system, and Emacs no longer works.
I use anti-virus software. What problems can this cause?
Does Emacs contain a virus?
Sometimes when I exit Emacs, my machine hangs or crashes immediately
How does Emacs determine the name of my computer?
4. Display Settings
How do I change the size, position, and color attributes of Emacs?
Customizing frame appearances.
Determining screen resolution.
Emacs in console mode goes beyond the window size. What do I do?
How do I enable color syntax highlighting in Emacs (font-lock)?
Converting font-lock buffers into HTML markup
Font-locking embedded code (e.g., ASP) in HTML documents
How do I change the format of the mode line?
What do I do if I have problems with Emacs and my mouse buttons?
How do I use Emacs with a two-button mouse?
How do I get Emacs to recognize the third button on my mouse?
Strange two-button mouse behavior on Windows 95.
How do I highlight the region between the point and the mark?
How do I highlight matching parentheses?
How do I cut & paste text with null characters?
How do I change the sounda of the Emacs beep?
When I yank previously copied or killed text into a buffer, it appears garbled. How can I fix this?
5. Fonts, and text translation
How do I change the
Information on italic fonts.
Emacs multilingual font support
Is it now possible to display correctly the sample of various scripts and languages accessible from the MULE menu?
How do I get Emacs to display characters other than ISO-8859-1 (West European)?
Where can I find fonts for other languages?
How do I use third party programs for displaying multibyte characters with Emacs?
How do I use a font with a name in my language?
How do I use bdf fonts with Emacs?
How can I have Emacs use a font menu similar to the one it uses on Unix (with fonts and fontsets listed)?
The font I want to use is not in the font menu, how can I put it there?
How can I control CR/LF translation (e.g., to access UNIX files via NFS)?
By file extension
By file system
How do I print from Emacs?
Printing via Ghostscript
How do I print all these languages that Emacs is now displaying?
How do I print to a printer that is directly connected to a network?
Programs reading input hang
Buffering in shells
Perl script buffering
16-bit subprocesses accessing the A: drive
Killing subprocesses on Windows 95/98
Sending eof to subprocesses in Emacs (e.g., C-c C-d in shell buffers)
How do I use a shell in Emacs?
How do I make dired use my external 'ls' program?
How do I prevent shell commands from being echoed?
How do I have Emacs complete directories with "/" instead of "\"?
Within a shell, when I run programs I get "Incorrect DOS version" messages. Why?
When I do any shell-related commands, nothing happens. What could be wrong?
8. Mail, News, and Network access
How do I use mail with Emacs?
RMAIL and POP3
VM and POP3
Using GNUS with IMAP
Leaving on server:
Leaving on server:
Sharing with Unix:
MIME with tm
How do I read news with Emacs using Gnus?
How do I open attatchments with Gnus?
How do I authenticate with Gnus?
How do I use mime with Gnus?
How do I save messages in untranslated format?
How do I read online newspapers with Emacs?
How do I use the Emacs Web Browser, w3?
How do I use the browse-url package?
Package for using browse-url for dictionary, search, etc. functions
How do I use Emacs to translate text among languages?
How do I use FTP, (ange-ftp), within Emacs?
How do I use telnet with Emacs?
9. Text, and utility, modes for Emacs
How do I use TeX with Emacs?
Putting it all together
How do I perform spell checks, using Ispell?
Emacs for SGML editing and publishing on Windows
Emacs and Encryption, using GPG - or PGP
How do I use an Intellimouse with Emacs?
Interactions with FlyWheel
Why does Emacs ignore my mouse wheel?
How do I use grep with Emacs?
How do I do a recursive grep?
How do I use EDT emulation mode in Emacs?
How do I do "desktop saving" with Emacs?
10. Developing with Emacs
How Do I Use Emacs with Microsoft Visual C++
VC++ Environmental Variables
Setting the Default Command Line
Handling Compile Time Errors
Exporting a File to Emacs
Emacs and Borland C++ Builder
How do I get imenu to work with Java?
Creating TAGS files for Java source
Java Development Environment (JDE)
The Jacob class browser and project manager
Example instructions for installing Emacs/JDE/JDK
How do I use revision/source control with Emacs?
Is there a version of RCS for Win32?
Is there a version of CVS for Win32?
What do I need to do to get vc-mode (version control) working?
vc-mode and Clearcase
How do I use perl-mode with Emacs?
How do I use the perl debugger with Emacs?
How do I use python-mode with Emacs?
11. Other Unix Ports, and further information
Where can I get more information about Emacs?
NTEmacs Mailing List
Extra information about MULE
Where can I find more Lisp packages
Other Unix utilities ported from Unix
Reading MAN pages without Man, (WoMan)
Where can I find a port of the diff program (e.g, for ediff)?
Where can I find a port of the patch program?
What other Unix tools have been ported to NT and/or Windows 95/98?
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Last Modified : Thursday 1 August 2002