how to abort, quit and exit emacs

save buffers and exit emacs

There is a long standing joke about the vim text editor which somehow depicts the complexity of the text editors when it comes to newbies……It usually goes something like this. “I have been using vi editor for two years….mostly because I cannot figure out how to exit.” Something that can be said about emacs as well, but it does have…

how to save a file or buffer in emacs editor

save file in emacs

If you have worked with emacs then you might be familiar with the concept of buffers. It is similar to what other editors might call tabs or files. In emacs, it refers to the contents of some file or directory that you had opened and it is a copy of the contents of those files. So the contents of the…

how to sort text, lines and fields in the emacs editor

sort text in emacs

Emacs has several different ways of sorting text in the buffer. You can sort lines, paragraphs and also sort text based on fields or words in the line. Sort Lines This is probably the simplest of all sorting method. The sort-lines command sorts all lines in the active region. Select the region in the buffer that you want to sort…

how to go to a specific line number in emacs

go to line in emacs

One of the common forms of navigation with in a text editor is the ability to go to specific line in the buffer by using the line number. In emacs, you can browse or navigate the buffer in several different ways and the “go to line number” feature is just one of them. The function in emacs that performs this…

how to delete lines and sentences in emacs in linux

emacs delete blank lines

There are so many different text editors in Linux to choose from. Vi and emacs are probably two of the well known editors. There are probably several hundreds more..but as you are here you probably use emacs. Although emacs is not technically just a text editor, it does have text editing capabilities and we will consider it to be one…

how to change encoding in gedit text editor

gedit file open dialog

GEdit is one most popular text editor in Linux desktops. It comes with a whole lot of functionalities. Often times you will need to change the encoding of the file you are viewing in the editor. Many of the editors provide you with the ability to change the file encoding on the fly. We will see how we can change…

linux: how to replace text in file from command line

vi editor and search expressions

Linux has several different utilities that can perform string or text manipulation. Depending on your environment and the tools that are available, you should be able to easily parse, find and replace any string in a text file. Almost every single text editor comes with a find and replace feature with a UI, so we are going to only explore…

vi editor: how to go to a line by line number

vi editor and search expressions

The vi or vim editor is the popular and feature rich editor for editing text files in Linux. You can go to a particular line in the editor in several ways depending on where you are accessing it from. from the command line If you are opening a file from the command line, and you want the cursor at a…

how to delete lines in vi or vim editor in linux

vi editor and search expressions

If you use vi or vim editor to edit text files, then you should be aware of the different text manipulation commands that exist in the editor. One of the common actions you will perform is the deletion of a single line or the deletion of multiple lines from with in the editor. Let’s see the various ways you can…