Editing with Emacs from any text area

External.exe allows you to assign a keyboard shortcut to “EMACS editing”: Whenever you want to edit text in a text area in Windows, hit the shortcut. Then External.exe copies the text in the text area to a file, opens the file with an external editor, and - once editing has finished - copies back the text from the file into the text area. The source code of External.exe is included in the downloadable zip file, and it is under the GPL.

  1. Install External.exe.
  2. Set the editor in the configuration file external.ini to: emacsclient.exe ~f
  3. Follow the instructions in the documentation of External.exe.