The first thing to learn about an editor is how to exit.
ne has a
CloseDoc command which can be activated by pressing
by choosing the `
Close' item of the `
Document' menu, or by activating
the command line with
CONTROL-K, writing `
cd' and pressing
RETURN. Its effect is to close the current document without saving any
modification (you will be requested to confirm your choice in case the
current document has been modified since the last save).
There is also a command
Quit, which leaves the editor without saving any
modification, and an
Exit command which saves the modified documents
This choice of shortcuts could surprise you---wouldn't
Quit be a
much better candidate for
CONTROL-Q? Well, experience shows that
the most common operation is closing a document, rather than quitting the
editor. If there is just one document, the two operations coincide (this is
typical, for instance, when you use
ne for writing electronic mail), and
if there are many documents, it is far more common to close a single document
than all the existing documents.
If you want to load a file, you have to use the
Open command, which can
be activated by pressing
CONTROL-O, by choosing the `
item of the `
Project' menu, or by typing it on the command line (as in the
previous case). You will be prompted with the list of files and directories in
the current working directory (you can tell the directory names because they
end with a slash). You can move on any of them by using the cursor keys, or any
other movement key. Pressing an alphabetic key will move the cursor on the
first entry after the cursor starting with the given letter. When the cursor is
positioned over the file you want to open, just press
RETURN, and the
file will be opened. If instead you move on a directory name, pressing
RETURN will display the contents of that directory.
You can also escape with
ESCAPE, and type manually the file
name on the command line (or escape again, and abort the loading operation).
When you want to save a file, just use the command
CONTROL-S). It will use the current document name (and will
ask for one if none is available).
SaveAs, on the contrary, will always
ask for a new name before saving the file.
ne is interrupted by an external signal (for instance, if your
terminal crashes), it will try to save your work on some emergency files.
See Emergency Save.