Just looking into elementary OS, and it looks really attractive. I'm a heavy Emacs user; consequently I feel at home on macOS where I can hit Ctrl-a, Ctrl-e, Ctrl-k, etc. to move around, delete lines, etc.

Does elementary OS allow you to set those keystroke system-wide? I'd like to be able to, say, use those when I'm entering text on StackExchange as well as within the address bar of a browser or anywhere I have to enter text.


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is not a good way to integrate this in the system. the system should stay with small and clean footprint. sorry - i think - in present and future there are/will too many Crap in a OS

a keyboard, that can store key-kombinations is for me a perfect deal. please think about 'ergodox ez' without lightshow.

  • You didn't answer my question. I asked if it was possible, and you just said you didn't think it was a good idea and suggested a $350 work-around. That's not a good way to answer a question. Incidentally, I have a QMK keyboard, and I don't think that it would be an adequate substitution for system-wide Emacs bindings, which I think are totally within the scope of any DE, no matter how light. Instead of sharing your opinion, can you tell me definitively whether or not elementary OS supports system-wide Emacs bindings? Mar 12, 2021 at 23:49

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