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Emacs 24.3


Emacs has a very basic user interface. There are six menus and one icon toolbar on top, and a status bar and a command line at the bottom of the program window. The File menu has a long list of options grouped in five thematic categories. The Edit menu will give you the opportunity to use Search, Replace, Go To and Bookmarks features along with setting up the Text properties. They have many sub-menus which are very useful for many users.

The Options menu more or less is a place for complete program customization. There you can manage the multilingual environment in any possible way, set the coding system and so on. Customizing Emacs is not so hard if you have read completely the web-based help.


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Emacs has a separate menu to deal with buffers; the Tools menu is another interesting place where you can find a lot of the program features and functions. Starting with Compile, Debugger, Spell Checker, Merge, Apply Patch, etc. the list of them can be countless. Calendar, Simple and Programmable calculator, Encryption/Decryption and Games are situated as a separate group at the bottom of the list. Yes, there are games to take you away for some time from your work. You will really enjoy them, but do not forget to go back to your work in a short time!


Everything mentioned above makes us conclude that Emacs 24.3 is not only just one advanced text editor, but also an almost complete operating system. This is why some users can do most of their work with this program only without having another application opened. This is because all of the common editing commands are available, which sometimes is a plus - thus you only use one program instead of several.


  • Lots of options and tools
  • Detailed help and tutorials
  • Built-in spell-checker
  • Portable application


  • Not for novices
  • Takes time to learn all features
Reviewed by: Igril Hristov

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