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This documentation is far from being complete. It is primarly dedicated to new ME-users which are coming from the Win-platforms. May that also other users will find interesting things here. The informations provided here should give you a quick start to work efficiently with this nice editor avoiding much of the trouble if switching to an other environment. By the way: UNIX-users should not be worried about these Windows-Ports of UNIX-tools because only people which have experiences with UNIX-programs will switch at anytime to an UNIX-OS.


Okay you have tried to read the documentation but you have still some trouble starting these thing properly. Here is help! The problem is that ME can do a lot of things, so it is designed to be used by many users each having it's own settings, shortcuts etc. Or you can have multiple-user names for different projects and so on. Now:

first make a batch-file like this one:

rem setting the user
set MENAME=dgroth
rem sets the search-paths
set MEPATH=C:/jemacs99b/dgroth;C:/jemacs99b/macros
rem executing me maximised
c:\windows\command\start /max C:\jemacs99b\me32.exe -c %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6

Adjust the pathname and name this file `Me32.bat'. Put it in your path (like c:\windows). Be aware that ME is working internally (set MEPATH) with the slash `/' but win is using the backslash `\'. Now move your Me32.ini away from your Windows directory and delete your ME-specific settings in the autoexec.bat. Make in the ME-directory a folder with your MENAME, that all your stuff will be in this directory and the JASSPA-stuff remains in the macros-directory.

You can now run ME with writing Me32 anywhere in a command-line. Par example via `START' and `Run'. Open Help - User setup and take your settings.

you have to check that:

  • setup-file = MENAME (without extension)
  • logname = MENAME
  • setup-path = is your path with the MENAME C:/jemacs99b/dgroth) par example.
  • In Platform often `Courier New' and OEM/ANSI = `A' and `4, 0 and -16' for the font size are good choices.
  • Alternatively click on `choose font' and select Courier New Size = 12, standard.

Making the keyboard win32 like

It can give trouble at the beginning because many `normal' Win-shortcuts are not working as you would expect it (C-c, C-x and C-v par example). I propose you are putting the following lines into your user.emf to make your live easier in the beginning:

; some key bindings to mimic CUA-editors 
; substiting C with A-C or AltGr 

global-bind-key "yank"                 "A-C-v" ; is paste 
global-bind-key "reyank"               "A-C-y" ; this paste the previos clip 
global-bind-key "kill-region"          "A-C-x" ; is cut 
global-bind-key "copy-region"          "A-C-c" 
global-bind-key "undo"                 "A-C-z" 
global-bind-key "save-buffer"          "A-C-s" 
global-bind-key "beginning-of-buffer"  "C-home" ; adjusts jumping in the buffer 
global-bind-key "end-of-buffer"        "C-end" 
global-bind-key "end-of-line"          "end" 
global-bind-key "beginning-of-line"    "home" 

ME and the Win9x-Task-bar

Sometimes there is some trouble with the Win-Task-Bar. You should choose `always in the foreground' and `automatically in the background' (what for a combination). If you want to close ME with the upper-left ME-icon and `close' and nothing happens, take your mouse to the bottom of your screen up the task-bar appears and back in the ME-window, now the command-line is visible. The same mouse-movement helps often if ME does not respond any more.

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