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First biggest productivity gain[1] for Joe will be in using forward and reverse search for navigation (C-s and C-r in default key bindings).

  C-s or C-r, type a few chars, <Enter>, continue editing
is an amazingly powerful way to jump around even a simple text file. No arrow keys, no mouse. I dare Joe to use this feature for a few days and try to go back to Notepad. (You'll be using it even to jump to a different point in the same line.) Also Emacs can be as minimal as you want it to be.

[1] since he is on Notepad at the moment

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