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First of all, download emacs from ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/windows/emacs/

You MUST use the EMACS!

How To Set the GNU/EMACS's Default Font in MS Windows.
  1. find your .emacs file. Open it. Edit it. By default, it lives in your $HOME directory. You can set the $HOME variable using autoexec.bat (95/98/ME) or in Control Panel-->System-->Advanced--> Environment Variables. If you have no $HOME defined, it looks in c:\
  2. Shift-Left Click on emacs, and you'll get a windows font select dialog. Pick your favorite font.
  3. Go into the *scratch* buffer. Paste in the text:
    (insert (prin1-to-string (w32-select-font)))
    Now type C-x C-e. Select your font. Now text will mathamagically appear in the buffer. It will look something like:
    "-*-Courier New-*-*-*-*-17-102-120-120-c-*-iso8859-1"
  4. Now, go back to you .emacs file. Insert the line:
    (set-default-font "-*-Courier New-*-*-*-*-17-102-120-120-c-*-iso8859-1")

Use the console in Windows NT/2k/XP!

Normally when you type emacs -nw in a NT console, it doesn't work right. Try adding this line to your .emacs file:

(setq w32-use-full-screen-buffer nil)

(Of course you've added emacs to your $PATH. Right?)

Put Emacs in the sendto menu.

  1. Find your sendto folder. It might be in c:\windows\sendto\ or c:\documants and settings\***\SendTo\
  2. Put a shortcut there to the program
    <Wherever you installed emacs to>\bin\runemacs.exe
  3. Never use Notepad again!

Tips for using GNU Emacs in MS Windows E2 Writeup, Copyright 2002 Frank Grimes.

This writeup is dedicated to the public domain. Do with it what you will. (For details, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/ )

--Frank Grimes, 2007

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