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Emacs newbie - Syntax Highlighting and Indentation

From: David Rasmussen
Subject: Emacs newbie - Syntax Highlighting and Indentation
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 16:52:12 +0100
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I've installed the Windows version of Emacs 21.3.1.
I have read some tutorials, but I have two questions (for now):

1) How do I enable syntax highlighting by default, for any type of file / extension / mode that supports it? I have enabled it in the Options menu, and saved my options. But isn't there a non-menu-way of doing this, so I can get to learn and understand how to configure emacs myself?

2) When I edit a java file, the Java major mode i automatically loaded. But when I press TAB at the beginning of a new line, i get an indentation of 4 spaces. How do I alter this to 2 spaces instead? Or any other number of spaces? What if I want to get a tab character instead of spaces, when indenting (I really don't, but I would like to know)?



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