: Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition

1.4 Starting Emacs

1.4 Starting Emacs

To start Emacs, simply click on the Emacs icon or type emacs on the command line and press Enter.[5]

Click on the Emacs icon or, from the command line, type: emacs Enter

Starting Emacs.

You'll see a short message describing a few important menu items and the version of Emacs that you're running. It may appear as a graphical splash screen (like the one shown here) or a text splash screen. This message disappears as soon as you type the first character. Emacs then puts you in an (almost) empty buffer called *scratch*, an ideal place for you to experiment.

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