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Customizing Emacs

Version 20 of GNU Emacs and XEmacs introduced a new method for editing and storing user settings. This feature is available from the menu bar as Customize and particular Emacs variables can be customized with M-x customize-variable. Using Customize is the preferred way to modify the settings for Emacs and the appropriate customize commands will be indicated below, sometimes together with the old method of directly setting Emacs variables.