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Re: ESC key experience with new MacBook Pro?

From: Skip Montanaro
Subject: Re: ESC key experience with new MacBook Pro?
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:56:54 -0600

Thanks, Jorge. I'm aware there is more than one way to get an ESC. I was
specifically wondering if lack of a physical ESC key was problematic for
people who were used to it. (I've been using one version of Emacs -
gosmacs, XEmacs, GNU Emacs, microemacs, jove, jed, etc - or another since
the early 80s. Old habits die hard.)


On Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 6:23 PM, Jorge Morais Neto <>

> On 12 December 2016 at 13:37, Skip Montanaro <>
> wrote:
> > This is only peripherally related to Emacs, but as I've been using
> > Emacs since the dawn of time and for some reason never really learned
> > to press the Alt key, my Emacs Alt key usage has always been dominated
> > by use of the ESC key. I thought some of my fellow Emacs tribe members
> > would have some input.
> I use a non-Apple notebook and it has an ESC key.  However, I believe I
> have a
> very useful tip for you: "C-[".  For Emacs that key is equivalent to ESC.
> I
> use it frequently, because it is often easier to type than ESC.  For
> example,
> to repeat complex commands, C-x C-[ C-[ is easier to type than C-x ESC
> ESC.  In
> fact, I often prefer "C-[ *" to "M-*".  For example, I prefer C-[ C-i to
> C-M-i.
> Regards.
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