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Re: [h-e-w] EMACSW32 and Windows 7 Win+Arrow Shortcuts

From: Drew Adams
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] EMACSW32 and Windows 7 Win+Arrow Shortcuts
Date: Tue, 8 May 2012 07:26:27 -0700

> It would certainly be nice if Emacs came with a decent set of 
> registry keys and start menu shortcuts so that it (client) 
> would _just work_ without hand-editing registry or creating 
> start menu shortcuts.
> If your code can be run after unpacking a standard nightly
> build on a fresh machine and it finishes setting up Emacs,
> I bet a lot of people would use it.  For me at least, that
> integration was the biggest draw of W32Emacs over stock.

FWIW, that messing with the registry etc. is a main reason that I would *not*
use EmacsW32.

(Note: I am not saying that anyone else should not use it.  I'm very glad that
Lennart has made EmacsW32 available.)

I have multiple versions of Emacs on my laptop.  It is trivial to create a
shortcut to any of them that I want to start with just a click.  And none of
them takes precedence over any others (registry settings etc.).  I never touch
the registry for Emacs (what for?).  And a shortcut need not be related to the
Start menu, BTW.  You can put a shortcut anywhere.

What's the big deal about creating a shortcut?  Why is that harder than running
some "installer"?  I find unzipping and (optionally) creating a shortcut sans
effort and sans surprises - painless.  So much so that I sometimes have more
than one shortcut to the same binary, with different startup switches etc.

YMMV - just one user experience.

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