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17.2.3 Pragmatic Emacs

This blog started out as a weekly emacs tip sent to the mailing list. The tips are aimed at people who have learned the basics of emacs (i.e. moving around, opening, editing, saving files) and are starting to explore how to do more than basic editing.

I am an astrophysicist at the University of Bristol, and use emacs on a daily basis for writing papers, lectures, and notes; for organising my tasks; for filing documents; creating web pages and coding. I am a pragmatic user of emacs and not an expert, but have been using emacs for about 15 years, so have picked up a few tips and tricks along the way.