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49 Customization

This chapter describes some simple methods to customize the behavior of Emacs.

Apart from the methods described here, see X Resources for information about using X resources to customize Emacs, and see Keyboard Macros for information about recording and replaying keyboard macros. Making more far-reaching and open-ended changes involves writing Emacs Lisp code; see Emacs Lisp in The Emacs Lisp Reference Manual.

Easy Customization:


Convenient way to browse and change settings.



Many Emacs commands examine Emacs variables to decide what to do; by setting variables, you can control their functioning.

Key Bindings:


The keymaps say what command each key runs. By changing them, you can redefine keys.

Init File:


How to write common customizations in the initialization file.



Keeping persistent authentication information.