Emacs emulation


Provides basic support for Emacs keybindings and text editing commands.

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by vka1 | August 05 2014

- Gives you the most common bindings exept for meta-<
- Works OK with vs2013 after the manifest edit (see Q&&A)

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:

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 | July 28 2011

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)

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  • Open sourcing the emacs extension?
    1 Posts | Last post March 21, 2011
    • It looks like the VsVim extension is supported by Microsoft and the source is available through github. Is that a possibility for the emacs extension considering bug fixes and feature additions aren't a promised thing?
  • Default for C-u-
    1 Posts | Last post December 01, 2010
    • Would it be feasible to make C-u- have a default argument? The repeat prefix defaults to a count of 4 in emacs if you get a non-numeric key after the prefix.  Thanks.  
  • Needs a "horizontal split"
    3 Posts | Last post November 23, 2010
    • EXCELLENT work, guys! This extension is actually far, far better than the keymap that was available in VS2008. Very well done!
      Only thing I'd like to see here is one additional change: the ability to perform a "horizontal split" where two files are open side by side in two columns rather than on top of each other as two rows. Obviously the Edit.EmacsOtherWindow command will need to be adjusted to accommodate (it currently does not actually swap windows as it should for a horizontal split like this).
    • My mistake -- I had thought that Edit.EmacsSplitVertical created a new tab group rather than using the existing split window functionality in the text editor itself. It would certainly be a bit nicer if we could adjust this to instead create split tab groups, since that's far more flexible than a split file window.
    • Bah. I'm a moron -- missed the ability to bind keys to the standard VS2010 commands Window.NewHorizontalTabGroup and Window.NewVerticalTabGroup.
  • AltGr does not work for shortcuts
    1 Posts | Last post November 12, 2010
    • This is a general problem with Visual Studio 2010 (and earlier?)
      On a danish keyboard, AltGr+8 maps to [-character, but it cannot be used as part of shortcuts, I assume it is due to improper handling of AltGr.
      Trying to map Edit.EmacsDocumentStart to "Ctrl+X, [" which on my danish keyboard is "Ctrl+X, AltGr+8" will be inserted as "Ctrl+X, Ctrl+Alt+8" in the TextBox under the "Press shortcut keys:" label.
      Afterwards, pressing Ctr+X, AltGr+8 will not move to beginning of document as on regular emacs, but instead insert a square bracket. Pressing "Ctrl+X, Ctrl+Alt+8" will move to beginning of document.
      Any chance that you are able to fix this problem?
  • Emacs Installation
    5 Posts | Last post October 21, 2010
    • The instructions state: "The first time you launch Visual Studio after downloading and installing the extension, you should see a permissions dialog, shown below." This does not appear to be correct if you are using the default start page. In that case, you will not be prompted to elevate until you open a project.
    • To add to my earlier comment: The description states "Emacs commands will also work with other keyboard layouts, including the default layout." This also appears to be incorrect. Attempting to use an Emacs command while using another keyboard layout results in the message: "Command "Edit.Emacsxxxx" is not available." I was hoping to add a few Emacs commands to my keyboard. This does not appear to be possible. 
    • Hi Podnuh - The description doesn't mention this, but you do need to have a project or solution open for the Emacs extension to work.  This explains why you didn't immediately see the elevation prompt and hopefully explains why commands didn't work.  If the Emacs commands still give error messages even with a solution open, please file a bug on Microsoft Connect at http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio.  We'd like to take a closer look.
      Thanks for trying the extension!
      Brittany Behrens, Program Manager, VS Pro Team 
    • Hi Bethany,
      Thanks for the response. I confirmed that the extension was properly installed. In addition, I installed the current release of the extension (version 1.3), and confirmed that it was also correctly installed. In my experience, the Emacs commands only function when the Emacs keyboard is selected. As suggested, I filed a bug report with Microsoft Connect. I would welcome a fix, since there are a few commands I would like to add to my keyboard.
    • I was also confused.  The download asks me to "run" or "save" with a strange filename extension.  I choose "run", not knowing what might happen, and the popup to install got lost among my desktop clutter.  Finally found it, and installed.  Then started VS 2010, no popup about privs.  Checked options, keyboard, no "emacs" scheme.  
      Loaded a project, per Podnuh's advise, and there it is.  No popup for the privs however.  My account is admin, maybe that's why?
      The instructions for download could use some clarifications...
  • Some problems I found
    2 Posts | Last post October 05, 2010
    • First of all - great job guys, I love the extension :) But, there some problems with it:
      1. M-m (alt-m) from emacs doesn't work by default - and setting it to Edit.LineStartAfterIndentation doesn't work well with the set-mark selection model.
      2. You still have to use arrow keys to select a completion in IntelliSense (I beg you - implement this!)
      3. In C#, when subscribing to an event, after typing "+= " VS gives you a tooltip saying "press TAB to generate event handler" (or something like that), which doesn't work with the Emacs extension.
      4. C-x b from emacs would be nice - you already use the status bar with C-s and C-r...
      5. M-y from emacs is still buggy
      Another piece of feedback - on windows it is really natural to expect the selected text to be replaced with whatever you start typing. It would be cool, if you could add this behaviour as an option.
    • Hi Michał - Thanks for trying the extension!  Point #2 (about IntelliSense completion) has been fixed.  The latest version of the extension should not have this problem; you should be able to update or reinstall the extension to get the fix.  #3 is a known issue that we're working on fixing.  I'll update the known issues section in the description to include it.
      For the other points, feel free to open Connect bugs at http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio.  We can't promise to fix every issue or implement all suggestions, but we'd love to have these tracked in our official bug database.
      Thanks again!
      Brittany Behrens, Program Manager, VS Pro Team
  • Links to images in description not work
    1 Posts | Last post September 02, 2010
    • Images in description to this addon isn't display.
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