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AH. Emacs and MS-DOS

This section briefly describes the peculiarities of using Emacs under the MS-DOS "operating system" (also known as "MS-DOG"). If you build Emacs for MS-DOS, the binary will also run on Windows 3.X, Windows NT, Windows 9X/ME, Windows 2000, or OS/2 as a DOS application; the information in this chapter applies for all of those systems, if you use an Emacs that was built for MS-DOS.

Note that it is possible to build Emacs specifically for Windows NT/2K or Windows 9X/ME. If you do that, most of this chapter does not apply; instead, you get behavior much closer to what is documented in the rest of the manual, including support for long file names, multiple frames, scroll bars, mouse menus, and subprocesses. However, the section on text files and binary files does still apply. There are also two sections at the end of this chapter which apply specifically for the Windows version.

AH.1 Keyboard and Mouse on MS-DOS  Keyboard and mouse usage on MS-DOS.
AH.2 Display on MS-DOS  Fonts, frames and display size on MS-DOS.
AH.3 File Names on MS-DOS  File name conventions on MS-DOS.
AH.4 Text Files and Binary Files  Text files on MS-DOS use CRLF to separate lines.
AH.5 Printing and MS-DOS  How to specify the printer on MS-DOS.
AH.6 International Support on MS-DOS  Support for internationalization on MS-DOS.
AH.7 Subprocesses on MS-DOS  Running subprocesses on MS-DOS.
AH.8 Subprocesses on Windows 9X/ME and Windows NT/2K  Running subprocesses on Windows.
AH.9 Using the System Menu on Windows  Controlling what the ALT key does.


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