Emacs emulation

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Provides basic support for Emacs keybindings and text editing commands.

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2/23/2011
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by drexyia | December 20 2013

I would love to use emacs key bindings in Visual Studio, unfortunately because of the copy and paste from other applications issue I cant use it.

Please update this for visual studio 2012 and 2013 and fix the bugs it would be brilliant to not have to remember two sets of keybindings.

by Keith foobar | December 10 2013

Please count this as another request for an update.
Emacs is widely used and should be supported by all
mainstream development environments.
Thanks for providing this. -- Keith

by mindlube games | November 28 2013

I would give it 5 stars, because it's a great plugin. I even got it to run on VS2013Pro, with a little futzing around. *however* as others have noted, there are unfixed bugs:

1) hitting tab sometimes deletes code (if there are code errors usually)
2) sytem copy-paste is broken (good luck copy-pasting text or code from say- your web browser)

Both of these things are extremely annoying. Please open up the source so we can fix it.

by lfbhome | September 05 2013

by bpmcc | August 09 2013

Great, but please update or open source!!!

(negative rating is based on this being closed source, others having already asked for update or open source, and no apparent response from authors -- scaring me back to the Eclipse world!)

by Bartosz Grzesiowski | May 18 2013

Great extension, much needed.

To make it work with VS 2012, follow this advice:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13884953/emacs-keybindings-in-visual-studio-2012

by George Lippert | April 23 2013

PLEASE update this to VS 2012! Or opensource it so the community can do it.

by xxLong | April 02 2013

Being unable to copy and paste really kills me and makes me abandon this seemingly cool plugin. So I cannot agree with @hoohah42 any more. I doubt if someone is heavily using it and/or if there will be any update for it very soon.

by jbsegonzalez | March 12 2013

by ajvn | November 12 2012

Too many bugs..., please release the update or sourcecode!

by bobjli | August 03 2012

It almost works, but the bugs prevent me of using of it. The most unpleasant thing is that Tab key deletes codes. Every time I press tab key, I need to rethink if I should do it. Other problems include that it try to mimic a clean Emacs which no customization is allowed. It feels so awkward and as a result, I was driven to VsVim, which is much sophisticated.

by ZBrad | July 19 2012

Please open source this implementation, to allow folks to help fix the bugs on this. Cut/paste, lack of 2012 support, etc.

by Frisker Bitey | December 15 2011

This is a Godsend: before I was having to open the files outside of VS and edit them in xemacs, but now these key-bindings for emacs at least keeps me in VS. Haven't tested all the bindings I usually use in emacs, but at least it seems most I use to edit text quickly are there....

by bharatkumar pitti | November 07 2011

Very nice...Thank you so much for putting this feature

by gsp2007 | September 07 2011

Thank you! Thank you! A good keybinding at last. Now if we could get brief emulation...

by Mei Yang | Thu 12:28 AM

Thanks to this extension, the last reason I needed Emacs has gone!

by Ed Price - MSFT | June 03 2011

by hoohah42 | April 06 2011

I love the fact that I don't have to make to much of a mental switch as I move back and forth between GNU Emacs and VisualStudio 2010, but the screwed-up cut-copy-paste functionality makes things nearly unusable (frustrating). I'm getting better at C-u [d] C-k, C-y, but that is not my normal working pattern (region copy, paste). But that only works from within VS - if you need something from another app, then you're toast 9or open *everything* in VS i guess).

I second the calls in the Q and A for open source-ing this extension - It's not worth the effort until these issues get resolved, which amounts to a waste of great work on the rest of the emulation.

by zbrad1 | December 16 2010

Great job, thanks for bringing it back! It's delayed my switching to 2010, so now I can start using the new VS again.

Strong suggestion to add "Create new project" to the install instructions, since the extension doesn't show up initially in the keyboard options until after you start a project. (Spent an extra 10 minutes uninstalling and re-installing because it didn't show up)

by levinm | December 01 2010

Really nice, I've been using emacs for 15 years and this is really good keyboard emulation, best I've ever seen. Even basic macro recording, most implementations can't even get word transpose right. Thanks for putting this together.

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  • Issue with Installing the extension
    3 Posts | Last post January 16, 2014
    • Hi there,
      I just tried to install this extension; however, when I choose the keyboard, I cannot find the Emacs option! Is there anyone get the same issue with me or have any idea how to fix it?
      Thanks,
      Best regards!
    • I have the same problem as Bent92.  I executed the vslx file, and it seemed to work.   The "Emacs" option didn't show up for my Keyboard options.
      
      Is there something else I need to do?
    • This is pretty easy to do manually. Here I've copy-pasted the general answer from StackOverflow:
      
      VSIX is just a zip-archive. Unpack it, locate the file extension.vsixmanifest. This is an XML file, open it. Locate the section SupportedProducts. It should look like the following:
      
          <SupportedProducts>
              <VisualStudio Version="10.0">
                  <Edition>Ultimate</Edition>
                  <Edition>Premium</Edition>
                  <Edition>Pro</Edition>
              </VisualStudio>
          </SupportedProducts>
      Copy-paste the VisualStudio section and update the Version attribute on the pasted fragment to 11.0.
      
      Pack the contents back into a zip-archive. Make sure the archive have the VSIX extension. You're done
  • I would like you to the OSS this emacs plugin
    2 Posts | Last post December 04, 2013
    • I'm using it a long time emacs, I was very convenient that this plugin.
      However, it can not be used in the recent VS.
      If you can not maintain the code. And what if you to OSS.
      How you do you feel about it?
    • It agrees. 
      I also consider that it is better to maintain by bazaar. 
  • Support for VC11
    3 Posts | Last post December 30, 2012
    • One of the reasons I didn't switch to VC11 is the fact that this extension is not ported. Is there any way one can make this add-in work with the new version of Visual Studio?
    • I would love to get this extension on VC11 too.
    • I figured out how to make the extension work on VS2012. The instructions are in my answer on stackoverflow.
      
      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13884953/emacs-keybindings-in-visual-studio-2012/14087731#14087731
  • fsharp + emacs emulation
    1 Posts | Last post November 18, 2012
    • Emacs key scheme in vs2010 is not working properly with tabbing(Ctrl-j) with F#. It starts every new line from top. What I could do to remove its keybinding from Tab button? I could not find its binding in vs2010's list of commands binding.
  • Still alive?
    3 Posts | Last post October 10, 2012
    • Anyone still here?  
      
      The problems with selection, tabbing, pasting, etc are enough to make the Emacs extension almost unusable.  If there's no one home could we please get this open sourced so the people who care can make this extension better?  Please?
    • I'm starting to think that we should create our own emacs extension replacement.   The bugs in this one, and the inability to have others help fix them, diminish this tools value.
    • And after all this extention does not work in VS 2012.
  • Ctrl+y paste always active a marker
    2 Posts | Last post January 22, 2012
    • After Pressing Ctrl+y to perform a "paste", a marker is always activated no matter how you move cursor.
      My current fix is to press a "space" then delete the space. The marker will be deactivated this way.
      
      Anyone experiencing this problem as well?
      
      I have "Productivity Power Tools" installed and "html copy" disabled.
    • I can most certainly confirm this, and it is incredibly annoying.  The simple solution to this, along with the rest of the aforementioned bugs, would be to open source the extension's implementation on Github.  Let the power users that desire this feature drive its development, as with the VsVim extension.  This would also let us adapt its use for Visual Studio 11, as I've tried to do using some hacky extension extraction/tweaking.  Let US do the work for you, Microsoft!
  • Copy Problems, Tab problems
    5 Posts | Last post October 31, 2011
    • I'm very familiar with emacs and very much want to use this extension but have encoutered several problems that make it unworkable.
      
       o With "Productivity Power Tools" enabled copy (Alt-w) does not work.
      
       o "Enter" leaves the cursor at column 1.  "Tab" does not indent.  
         The code is not indented until I complete some block.  The
         end result is (about) the same but I find it very disconcerting
         to type in poorly indented code.
      
       o Paste from external sources does not work.
      
      Note that I also have "VS10x Code Map v2" installed.  A brief test of disabling this did not resolve any problems.  
    • Instead of "Enter" use "Ctrl-J", which acts like Enter   Tab. Just like real emacs!
      
    • I really hope the issues with Productivity Power Tools can be fixed, right now these two extensions are completely incompatible (copying etc).
    • Not completely incompatible. I only turned off "HTML copy" and was able to use Alt-W, Ctrl-W, and Ctrl-Y.
    • TomKU, while I don't know an exact solution to the alt+w issue (besides rebinding whatever alt+w does inside the Productivity Tools view to something else), there is a way to kind of fix the Tab issue.
      Press enter and then, as you notices you are stuck at the first column regardless of how many times you press TAB in home of indtenting. However if you start typing anything and then press Tab it will indent correctly whatever you just typed without changing the relative position of your cursor. Also, suppose you are in  a fruther column index like 5000 and type something there and press TAB , your text will go back to the correct column according to correct mode indentation .In other words, it does "indent-according-to-mode" from emacs. Trick is to start typing something frist before pressing TAB. Try it out!
  • Seeing a selection box when popping the mark is annoying
    1 Posts | Last post October 31, 2011
    • This add-in needs somehow not show the selection box when pushign a mark onto the mark stack or when popping one. i.e. C-<SPC> C-<SPC> should insert the mark but not show the selection box when moving the cursor.  That goes double for popped marks. Whenever I pop marks (explicitly with C-x C-<SPC> or implicitly with Go-to Definition/Declaration et. al) the selection is activated which is :
      a) annoying 
      b) confusing
      c) undesireable.
      The selection should only appear when C-<SPC> or C-@ is pressed once and that's it.
      
      Will there be a fix to this?
  • Delete Word does not create new instance in the kill/clipboard ring
    1 Posts | Last post October 31, 2011
    • 1) when you kill a line (i.e. cut it ) and then use Alt+D to kill a word, this last killed word will be appended to the last killed string . THus when pasting, instead of pasting just the most recent kill (in this case the word) it will paste the killed line PLUS the killed word at the end. This behaviour is undesired. What should happen is just have the word pasted and THEN if alt+Y is pressed the killed line should appear INSTEAD of the word.
  • Does not work correctly with SpecFlow
    1 Posts | Last post August 09, 2011
    • When editing SpecFlow feature files (1.6.1) it does not tab correctly on the line following a Feature: or a Scenario: line.
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