By default Emacs will display its tooltips in a separate frame. If you want to force Emacs to use the echo area exclusively, you can do that with this handy code snippet:
(setq tooltip-use-echo-area t)
If you’ve ever had to write the word résumé or über or smörgåsbord and, like me, lacked the keyboard character set to do it, you’ve probably reached for an external program to type those characters. That’s completely unnecessary though, as Emacs has complete support for Unicode and has several input methods that makes Emacs act like a bilingual keyboard but without the hassle of having to change your keyboard character set.
Emacs is a complex beast with thousands of commands and even more settings that can be customized. No wonder so many people find it difficult to get their footing and opt for simpler editors. That’s a shame, because although Emacs is complicated it does come with an excellent and exhaustive manual.
With that in mind, I have found there’s a gap between what the Tutorial sets out to do (basic movement and editing) and what people need to actually get started. This guide will help you move past the tutorial and should hopefully explain away some of the more typical questions that people have about Emacs.