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I'd like to have word-forward/backward functionality with M-f and M-b plus all the other convenient shortcuts. Is this possible?

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I dont understand what you mean by OS X here. Please give an example what you want to accomplish. PS: I dont use mac – kindahero Jan 5 '12 at 10:21
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Sure, put this in your ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict (create it if it doesn't exists), and put the following:

{
"~f"        = "moveWordForward:";               /* M-f Move forward word */
"~b"        = "moveWordBackward:";              /* M-b Move backward word */
"~<"        = "moveToBeginningOfDocument:";     /* M-< Move to beginning of document */
"~>"        = "moveToEndOfDocument:";           /* M-> Move to end of document */
}

See here if you want the full reference of the OS X keyboard characters. And here if you want more emacs keybindings in OS X.

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