Emacs Modified for Windows is a distribution of GNU Emacs 25.1 (released September 17, 2016) bundled with a few select packages for LaTeX users and R developers.

The additions to stock Emacs are the following:

This distribution is based on the latest stable official release of GNU Emacs.

Latest release

Version 25.1-2-modified-5 (Release notes)


Start the installation wizard and follow the instructions on screen.

Images and preview-latex mode

This version of Emacs bundles the libraries needed to display images in formats XPM, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF and SVG supported on Windows since Emacs version 22.1. Among other things, this means that the toolbar displays in color, that the ESS toolbar displays correctly and that the preview-latex mode of AUCTeX works to its full extent. However, the latter requires to separately install Ghostscript and to make sure that the file gswin32c.exe or gswin64c.exe is in a folder along the PATH environment variable.

Emacs font

Tired of the Courier font Emacs uses by default under Windows? One nice alternative is the Consolas family of fonts.

Set the Emacs font by adding the following lines to your .emacs initialization file:

(set-face-font 'default "-outline-Consolas-normal-r-normal-normal-*-*-96-96-c-*-iso8859-1")
(set-face-font 'bold "-outline-Consolas-bold-r-normal-normal-*-*-96-96-c-*-iso8859-1")
(set-face-font 'italic "-outline-Consolas-normal-i-normal-normal-*-*-96-96-c-*-iso8859-1")
(set-face-font 'bold-italic "-outline-Consolas-bold-i-normal-normal-*-*-96-96-c-*-iso8859-1")

(Replace iso8859-1 by the desired encoding if needed.)

You may also use the Set Default Font... entry in the Options menu.

Unix applications

Emacs sometimes uses external applications that are standard on Unix but not available on Windows (for example: diff, gzip). When needed, install the applications from the ezwinports project. To make sure Emacs can find the applications, include the folder where they are installed to the PATH environment variable. (With thanks to Laurent Pantera for the hint.)

Also available

Emacs Modified for macOS.