I have the following wrapped text, especially when you use a lot of windows:

Wrapped lines in Emacs

I'm wondering if the indentation of wrapped text could be changed like in Vim:

Indentation of wrapped lines in Vim

When figuring out, it seems the AutoFillMode is responsible for this. I was hoping this might be improved in Emacs 25. After upgraded to a compiled binary of Emacs 25, I see the same behaviour.

So I'm wondering if I could solve this in an another way?


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After M-x package-install RET adaptive-wrap RET:

(setq-default adaptive-wrap-extra-indent 2)
(add-hook 'visual-line-mode-hook #'adaptive-wrap-prefix-mode)
(global-visual-line-mode +1)
  • adaptive-wrap-prefix-mode is not a global mode by default. But you can make it global if you like and not tie it with the activation of visual-line-mode. Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 18:49
  • Surprising to see how easily this could be achieved. Why is this not included in the default package of Emacs?
    – ReneFroger
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 19:38
  • The package itself is in ELPA, so that could be fairly easily arranged, at least from a legal standpoint. I'd much rather have Tetris be the external package and adaptive-wrap be built-in but such is life.
    – PythonNut
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 19:56
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    @PythonNut On further thought, I might start doing just what you do.. enable adaptive-wrap-prefix-mode using the visual-line-mode-hook :) Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 19:27
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    @kaushalmodi Thanks for the tip. I fixed this in my config a while ago (idk, there's some other stuff in that commit too :|), but I haven't updated my answer. Should be updated now.
    – PythonNut
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 19:44

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