There's one particular feature I really like about TeXShop. It's the ability to type something like \bali + escand you get the entire \begin{align} structure or try typing something like \bite + esc. It's definitely very convenient.

I know that these things can be done with other editors via keyboard shortcuts, but I don't want to have to memorize a new keyboard shortcut (plus, I already have many that I use).

So my question is, is it possible to recreate this with other editors such as vim or TeXStudio?

Update: I'm running Mac OSX. To help you help me, I've listed some other mac compatible editors that community users may be familiar with:

  • texstudio
  • vim with latex suite
  • texlipse
  • sublime

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You could try TeXnicCenter.

It has some autocomplete (by pressing CTRL SPACE) after writing:








And so many more! You should really give it a try.

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  • Ah, I'm sorry. I forgot to mention I was on osx. But I've upvoted you for your time anyhow. May 5, 2013 at 21:51

Well, basically, Emacs shortcuts are similar to whatever you want them to be;). That said, expanding just \bali (and not things like \bali + space, \bali + tab etc.) might be dangerous; how would you type a control sequence starting with \bali?

If \bali + space is good for you, Abbrev mode is a ready-made solution you may use. If you want to have the point (cursor in Emacsspeak) in a particular place in the expanded text (like between the \begin...\end pair), Abbrev mode is not sufficient; then, you might want to look into Yasnippet. In it, you have a way to create snippets of code, expandable either by a keystroke, or by an abbreviation followed by TAB (but you can easily change it into SPACE, or even a few different and independent keys - though I didn't test these ideas).

  • I made the assumption people knew it would be \bali + esc. Will using Yasnippet create any conflicts or issues? May 5, 2013 at 21:54
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    abbrevs can also be used without the abbrev mode by triggering the expand-abbrev function, and you can bind this to your favorite key (combination).
    – alexurba
    May 5, 2013 at 22:14
  • @AlanH: well, escape is a strange choice; it is possible, but ESC is used in Emacs as a prefix, so that you may use ESC and then x instead of M-x (that is, Alt+x). But if you bind ESC to expand-abbrev (as alexurba hints), you're fine. (Well, you have also to remember that abbrevs may use only word-constituent characters, so you'd have to change the syntax class of the backslash). Put together: I'd rather switch my habit to another keystroke, it's not that hard. But if you really want to have it your way - Emacs will let you.
    – mbork
    May 6, 2013 at 21:29

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