There are several prepared emacs you can download. See: Download Emacs for Windows, Mac, Linux.
If you are running emacs in Microsoft Windows or the Mac, just use your mouse and pull menus.
Remember, real programers don't fear the mouse.
The keyboard shortcuts are shown beside the menu. The “C-x” means 【Ctrl+x】.
So, use menu, and you can learn the keyboard shortcuts.
Using Emacs in Text Terminal
The following is a tutorial covering the basics for using emacs by keyboard only.
Using emacs with only keyboard is critical to many programers, because one important use of emacs is working on remote machine thru terminal.
# start emacs emacs --no-window-system # or emacs --nw
The “--no-window-system” launches emacs directly in the text terminal screen.
# open a file with emacs emacs myFileName
To save file, press 【Ctrl+x Ctrl+s】.
Type: 【Ctrl+x Ctrl+c】.
Quit without Saving
To quit without saving, just do quit and emacs will ask if you want to save.
If the keys you press seem to do weird things, then, hold down Ctrl then press g. This will cancel the sequence of keys you may have pressed by mistake.
Congratulations! You are now a Emacs Master!
With the above, you can edit any text file. Now, you can learn how to do search/find, find/replace, and new shortcuts for efficient navigation. Goto Emacs Intermediate Tips.